Research interests

I work on different research projects that focus on the psychology of belief systems and worldviews, both religious and secular. I am interested in the psychological functions of belief systems and I focus in particular on the psychology of science. My current research interests can be summarized into four interrelated research themes and questions:

  1. How do people evaluate science, and what are the antecedents of science acceptance and rejection? Why – and to what extent – is science skepticism heterogenous?
  2. How do people cope with threats to perceptions of order and predictability, control, and meaning? I am interested in how science, religion, and other belief systems and worldviews aid people’s search for order, control, and meaning in the world.
  3. How do people perceive representatives of the aforementioned belief systems and worldviews? For example, what are common attitudes and stereotypes about science and religion, and about scientists and believers?
  4. Do optimal levels of order and control exist? For example, what are the psychological consequences of experiencing too much order, and does such a state lead to a temporarily heightened preference for disorder?