Konika Banerjee

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My interest is in the cognitive science of religion: exploring how humans’ proclivity for religious belief may be rooted in universal social-cognitive biases that naturally incline people to see the world in terms of agency, purpose, and design. I am particularly interested in how a broad teleological bias to see purpose in nature and in life events may make children and adults highly receptive to a number of common religious ideas (e.g., god, creationism, fate, karma).