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This information is made available in order to facilitate research, mentorship, and teaching opportunities among scholars interested in the psychological study of religion. ALL other uses are prohibited. Name and Title
      Dr Nicholas J. S. Gibson, Temporary University Lecturer in Social Psychology
Institutional Affiliation
      Psychology and Religion Research Group, University of Cambridge
Mailing Address
      Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Free School Lane, Cambridge, CB2 3RQ, United Kingdom
Email AddressResearch Interests
      I am interested in how religious believers and non-believers represent God in mind. I work broadly within an information-processing framework and draw on both the social cognition and cognition and emotion literatures as they can be applied within the psychology of religion. My current focus is on how and when people use representations of God's supernatural powers and human-like characteristics.
Representative Publications
    • Hill, P. C., & Gibson, N. J. S. (in press). Whither the roots? Achieving conceptual depth in psychology of religion. Archive for the Psychology of Religion.
    • Gibson, N. J. S. (2008). Once more with feelings: The importance of emotion for cognitive science of religion. In J. Bulbulia, R. Sosis, E. Harris, R. Genet, C. Genet, & K. Wyman (Eds.), The evolution of religion: Studies, theories, and critiques (pp. 271-277). Santa Margarita, CA: Collins Foundation Press.
    • Gibson, N. J. S., & Barrett, J. L. (2008). On psychology and evolution of religion: Five types of contribution needed from psychologists. In J. Bulbulia, R. Sosis, E. Harris, R. Genet, C. Genet, & K. Wyman (Eds.), The evolution of religion: Studies, theories, and critiques (pp. 333-338). Santa Margarita, CA: Collins Foundation Press.
    • Gibson, N. J. S. (2007). Measurement issues in God image research and practice. In G. L. Moriarty & L. Hoffman (Eds.) The God image handbook for spiritual counseling and psychotherapy: Research, theory, and practice (pp. 227-248). Binghamton, NY: Haworth Pastoral Press. [Simultaneously published in Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 9, 227-248.]
Research Keywords
      God concepts, God images, God representations, religious cognition, measurement issues, social cognition, cognitive science of religion
Psychology and Religion Courses, Seminars, or Programs Taught
      Social Psychology; Psychology of Religion; Religion, Cognition, Brain & Evolution; graduate program in psychology of religion
Relevant Degrees or Certificates Available at Institution
      B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Languages Spoken
      English

 

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