Valerie van Mulukom


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    Valerie completed her doctoral studies in 2014 at the School of Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand. There, she did research in the cognitive neuroscience of episodic memory and future event imagination. After her PhD, she completed a postdoctoral project at Aarhus University, Denmark, where she investigated the intersection between religious ritual and episodic memory. She then joined the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, where she worked on religion, memory, and group processes. Valerie joined the Brain, Belief, and Behaviour Lab at the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science, Coventry University, as Research Associate at the beginning of 2016. In 2019, she joined Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (Coventry University) as Research Fellow, together with others of the BBB Lab. She currently continues to research the cognitive science of imagination, memory, and belief as Assistant Professor. 

    Research Interests

    Belief; Cognitive science of religion; Conspiracy beliefs; Unbelief; Secular beliefs; Worldviews; Social bonding; Awe; Imagination; Episodic memory; Creativity; Art; Intuition; 

    Vision Statement

    My primary interests are in the cognitive underpinnings of imagination, memory, and belief, which I examine using methods from experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience. 

    Education/Academic qualification

    Psychology, Doctorate, University of Auckland

    Oct 2009Oct 2013

    Award Date: 17 Mar 2014

    External positions

    Research Affiliate, University of Oxford

    1 Apr 2016 → …


    • BF Psychology
    • imagination
    • memory
    • belief
    • unbelief
    • religion
    • intuition
    • creativity
    • bonding
    • awe
    • art
    • conspiracy belief


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    • Social bonds are related to health behaviours and positive wellbeing globally

      Tunçgenç, B., van Mulukom, V. & Newson, M., 13 Jan 2023, In: Science advances. 9, 2, 9 p., eadd3715.

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    • A many-analysts approach to the relation between religiosity and well-being

      Hoogeveen, S., Sarafoglou, A., Aczel, B., Aditya, Y., Alayan, A. J., Allen, P. J., Altay, S., Alzahawi, S., Amir, Y., Anthony, F. V., Kwame Appiah, O., Atkinson, Q. D., Baimel, A., Balkaya-Ince, M., Balsamo, M., Banker, S., Bartoš, F., Becerra, M., Beffara, B., Beitner, J. & 233 others, Bendixen, T., Berkessel, J. B., Berniūnas, R., Billet, M. I., Billingsley, J., Bortolini, T., Breitsohl, H., Bret, A., Brown, F. L., Brown, J., Brumbaugh, C. C., Buczny, J., Bulbulia, J., Caballero, S., Carlucci, L., Carmichael, C. L., Cattaneo, M. E. G. V., Charles, S. J., Claessens, S., Panagopoulos, M. C., Costa, A. B., Crone, D. L., Czoschke, S., Czymara, C., D'Urso, E. D., Dahlström, Ö., Rosa, A. D., Danielsson, H., De Ron, J., de Vries, Y. A., Dean, K. K., Dik, B. J., Disabato, D. J., Doherty, J. K., Draws, T., Drouhot, L., Dujmovic, M., Dunham, Y., Ebert, T., Edelsbrunner, P. A., Eerland, A., Elbaek, C. T., Farahmand, S., Farahmand, H., Farias, M., Feliccia, A. A., Fischer, K., Fischer, R., Fisher-Thompson, D., Francis, Z., Frick, S., Frisch, L. K., Geraldes, D., Gerdin, E., Geven, L., Ghasemi, O., Gielens, E., Gligorić, V., Hagel, K., Hajdu, N., Hamilton, H. R., Hamzah, I., Hanel, P. H. P., Hawk, C. E., K. Himawan, K., Holding, B. C., Homman, L. E., Ingendahl, M., Inkilä, H., Inman, M. L., Islam, C. G., Isler, O., Izydorczyk, D., Jaeger, B., Johnson, K. A., Jong, J., Karl, J. A., Kaszubowski, E., Katz, B. A., Keefer, L. A., Kelchtermans, S., Kelly, J. M., Klein, R. A., Kleinberg, B., Knowles, M. L., Kołczyńska, M., Koller, D., Krasko, J., Kritzler, S., Krypotos, A. M., Kyritsis, T., L. Landes, T., Laukenmann, R., Forsyth, G. A. L., Lazar, A., Lehman, B. J., Levy, N., Lo, R. F., Lodder, P., Lorenz, J., Łowicki, P., Ly, A. L., Maassen, E., Magyar-Russell, G. M., Maier, M., Marsh, D. R., Martinez, N., Martinie, M., Martoyo, I., Mason, S. E., Mauritsen, A. L., McAleer, P., McCauley, T., McCullough, M., McKay, R., McMahon, C. M., McNamara, A. A., Means, K. K., Mercier, B., Mitkidis, P., Monin, B., Moon, J. W., Moreau, D., Morgan, J., Murphy, J., Muscatt, G., Nägel, C., Nagy, T., Nalborczyk, L., Nilsonne, G., Noack, P., Norenzayan, A., Nuijten, M. B., Olsson-Collentine, A., Oviedo, L., Pavlov, Y. G., Pawelski, J. O., Pearson, H. I., Pedder, H., Peetz, H. K., Pinus, M., Pirutinsky, S., Polito, V., Porubanova, M., Poulin, M. J., Prenoveau, J. M., Prince, M. A., Protzko, J., Pryor, C., Purzycki, B. G., Qiu, L., Pütter, J. Q., Rabelo, A., Radell, M. L., Ramsay, J. E., Reid, G., J. Roberts, A., Luna, L. M. R., Ross, R. M., Roszak, P., Roy, N., Saarelainen, S. M. K., Sasaki, J. Y., Schaumans, C., Schivinski, B., Schmitt, M. C., Schnitker, S. A., Schnuerch, M., Schreiner, M. R., Schüttengruber, V., Sebben, S., Segerstrom, S. C., Seryczyńska, B., Shjoedt, U., Simsek, M., Sleegers, W. W. A., Smith, E. R., Sowden, W. J., Späth, M., Spörlein, C., Stedden, W., Stoevenbelt, A. H., Stuber, S., Sulik, J., Suwartono, C., Syropoulos, S., Szaszi, B., Szecsi, P., Tappin, B. M., Tay, L., Thibault, R. T., Thompson, B., Thurn, C. M., Torralba, J., Tuthill, S. D., Ullein, A. M., Van Aert, R. C. M., van Assen, M. A. L. M., Van Cappellen, P., van den Akker, O. R., Van der Cruyssen, I., Van der Noll, J., van Dongen, N. N. N., Van Lissa, C. J., van Mulukom, V., van Ravenzwaaij, D., van Zyl, C. J. J., Ann Vaughn, L., Većkalov, B., Verschuere, B., Vianello, M., Vilanova, F., Vishkin, A., Vogel, V., Vogelsmeier, L. V. D. E., Watanabe, S., White, C. J. M., Wiebels, K., Wiechert, S., Willett, Z. Z., Witkowiak, M., Witvliet, C. V. O., Wiwad, D., Wuyts, R., Xygalatas, D., Yang, X., Yeo, D. J., Yilmaz, O., Zarzeczna, N., Zhao, Y., Zijlmans, J., van Elk, M. & Wagenmakers, E. J., 6 Jul 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Religion, Brain and Behavior. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 50 p.

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    • Antecedents and consequences of COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs: a systematic review

      van Mulukom, V., Pummerer, L., Alper, S., Bai, H., Čavojová, V., Farias, J., Kay, C., Lazarevic, L., Lobato, E., Marinthe, G., Pavela Banai, I., Šrol, J. & Žeželj, I., May 2022, In: Social Science & Medicine. 301, 14 p., 114912.

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    • Atheism: A New Evolutionary Perspective on Non-Belief

      Coleman, T. J., Messick, K. J. & van Mulukom, V., 30 Nov 2022, The Routledge Handbook of Evolutionary Approaches to Religion. Lior, Y. & Lane, J. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge, p. 130-150 21 p.

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    • Bending and Bonding: A randomized controlled trial on the socio-psychobiological effects of spiritual versus secular yoga practice on social bonding

      Charles, S., van Mulukom, V., Saraswati, A., Watts, F., Dunbar, R. I. M. & Farias, M., 14 Dec 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Current Psychology. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

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