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||Name and Title
Dr Nicholas J. S. Gibson, Temporary University Lecturer in Social Psychology
Psychology and Religion Research Group, University of Cambridge
Email AddressResearch Interests
Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Free School Lane, Cambridge, CB2 3RQ, United Kingdom
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.
- Hill, P. C., & Gibson, N. J. S. (in press). Whither the roots? Achieving
conceptual depth in psychology of religion. Archive for the Psychology of
- 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.]
Psychology and Religion Courses, Seminars, or Programs Taught
God concepts, God images, God representations, religious
cognition, measurement issues, social cognition, cognitive science of
Relevant Degrees or Certificates Available at InstitutionLanguages Spoken
Social Psychology; Psychology of Religion; Religion, Cognition, Brain & Evolution; graduate program in psychology of religion