Emily Reed Burdett is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of St Andrews.  She is working with a large group of colleagues on a comparative psychology project, examining the origins and development of social learning.  She received her doctorate from the University of Oxford.  Her doctoral dissertation examined the origin, transmission and cross-cultural differences in children’s early conceptions of supernatural beings, such as God.  Her research interests include the origins and transmission of cultural ideas, theory of mind, and the ways in which young children learn. Her recent work has been published in Cognitive Science, The Psychologist, and the Journal of Cognition and Culture.

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