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Biography

Valerie completed her doctoral studies at the School of Psychology, the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2014. There, she did work on 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 as part of the Ritual, Community, and Conflict project. Valerie joined the Brain, Belief, and Behaviour group at the FRC1, Coventry University, as Research Associate at the beginning of 2016. 

Research Interests

Belief; Cognitive science of religion; Imagination; Episodic memory; Creativity; Unbelief

Vision Statement

My primary interests are in the psychology of belief and the cognitive underpinnings of imagination (how we mentally construct events), which I examine using methods from experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience. My research takes place in the overlap between beliefs, imagination, memory, and creativity. My other interest is in unbelief, or so-called ‘secular’ beliefs: the ontological, epistemological, and ethical beliefs that non-religious individuals hold, and their functions. 

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • imagination
  • memory
  • belief
  • religion
  • creativity
  • unbelief

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Research Output 2016 2018

Religious beliefs
Pragmatism
Ceremonial Behavior
Episodic Memory
Religion
Arousal
Sense of Coherence
2 Citations

An fMRI investigation of the relationship between future imagination and cognitive flexibility

Roberts, R. P., Wiebels, K., Sumner, R. L., van Mulukom, V., Grady, C. L., Schacter, D. L. & Addis, D. R. 28 Nov 2016 In : Neuropsychologia. In press

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Imagination
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Least-Squares Analysis
Individuality
Hippocampus
3 Citations

The degree of disparateness of event details modulates future simulation construction, plausibility, and recall

van Mulukom, V., Schacter, D. L., Corballis, M. C. & Addis, D. R. 1 Feb 2016 In : Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 69, 2, p. 234-242 9 p.

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