September 2017

Keynote address at the Joint Meeting of the Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology Sections of the German Psychological Society, Münster, Germany

Invited speaker at the National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on Pressing Questions in the Study of Psychological and Behavioral Diversity, Irvine, CA

June 2017

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give a departmental talk at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Cognitive Science, La Jolla, CA

May 2017

The evolution and ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited speaker at the UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture, Los Angeles, CA

The evolution and ontogeny of ritual
Plenary speaker at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), Boise, ID

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited speaker at Association for Psychological Science (APS), Boston, MA

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give a departmental talk at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Anthropology, Santa Barbara, CA

April 2017 

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give a departmental talk at Boston College, Department of Psychology, Boston, MA

Invited speaker at the Society for Research in Child Development Evolutionary Preconference, Austin, TX
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Invited speaker at the Society for Research in Child Development Religious and Spiritual Development Preconference, Austin, TX

March 2017

Enhancing robustness and generalizability in the social and behavioral sciences
Workshop organizer and speaker at the National Science Foundation, Washington D.C.

February 2017

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give a departmental talk at the University of Chicago, Department of Comparative Human Development, Chicago, IL
 
The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give a keynote address at the University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

November 2016

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give a departmental talk at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Psychology
 
The ontogenetic foundations of cumulative cultural transmission
Invited speaker at the National Academy of Sciences, Sackler Colloquium on the Extension of Biology Through Culture, Irvine, CA
 
The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give a departmental talk at the University of California, Merced, Department of Cognitive Science
 
The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give a departmental talk at Stanford University, Department of Psychology

October 2016

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give a departmental talk at University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Psychology, Santa Cruz, CA

August 2016

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give 2016 Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) Boyd McCandless Award Lecture, American Psychological Association Conference (APA), Denver, CO

Keynote address at the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (IACSR) biennial meeting, Vancouver, Canada

June 2016

How do we become intellectually humble? 
Invited to give a lecture in the Intellectual Humility Massive Open Online Course (IH MOOC), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Centre for Epistemology, Mind, and Normativity,
Edinburgh, Scotland

May 2016

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give Outstanding Alumni Award Lecture, University of Virginia, LIFE (The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics) Program Spring Academy, Charlottesville, VA

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give a Presidential Address at the International Consortium of Developmental Science Societies (ICIS) Conference, New Orleans, LA
 
Between religion and science: Bewitchment, biology, or both?
Invited to give a keynote address at Science and Religion in the Public Sphere Conference, San Diego, CA

April 2016

The evolution and ontogeny of ritual
Invited to give a departmental talk at Harvard University, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Cambridge, MA
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The making of meaning: An exploration of the psychology of purpose
Invited to participate in a symposium at the John Templeton Foundation’s Humble Approach Initiative,
Barcelona, Spain.

March 2016

Combatting sample WEIRDness in the social and behavioral sciences working group 
Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM

February 2016

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give a departmental talk at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of Psychology, Las Vegas, NV

November 2015

The contributions of explanation and exploration to scientific reasoning
Invited to participate in Leading Edge Workshop: The Process of Explanation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

October 2015

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to give a departmental talk at the University of Maryland, College Park, MA

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited speaker in the CDS Plenary Symposium, Cognitive Development Society (CDS) Conference, Columbus, OH

The coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations across cultures and development
Invited to be a consultant for a project on the use of simulation and modeling for understanding religion, The Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion (IBCSR) and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), Norfolk, VA
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April 2015

The ontogeny of cultural learning
University of St. Andrews, School of Psychology & Neuroscience, St. Andrews, Scotland.
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The ontogeny of cultural learning
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Between religion and science: Bewitchment, biology, or both?
Presented at the Culture, Mind, and Medicine Workshop, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
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Between religion and science: Bewitchment, biology, or both?
Religious Studies Department, California State University, Northridge, CA
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Psychological compatibility of scientific and religious beliefs
Presented at the Breaking New Ground in the Science-Religion Dialogue Workshop (organized by Cristine Legare), The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
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March 2015

The ontogeny of cultural learning
Invited to speak at a pre-conference workshop on cross-cultural cognitive development, Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
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The ontogeny of cultural learning
Boston University, Department of Psychology, Boston, MA.

February 2015 

The contributions of explanation and exploration to children’s scientific reasoning
Invited speaker at Active Learning Workshop, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

October 2014

Rituals increase children’s affiliation with group members.
Presented in a symposium on "Developing a Social Mind" at the annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, Columbus, OH.
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September 2014

The ontogeny of cultural learning.
Institut Jean-Nicod, Département d'études Cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.

The coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations across cultures and development.
Keynote address at the Metacognitive Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Approach Conference.
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.
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August 2014

The cognitive developmental foundations of cultural learning. 
Keynote address at the Cognitive Science of Science workshop.
Center for Philosophical Research and Nicolaus Copernicus University, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland.
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May 2014

Cognitive science and religion workshop. 
Emory University, The Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture, Atlanta, GA.
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April 2014

The cognitive developmental foundations of cultural learning.
The University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.
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February 2014

The cognitive developmental foundations of cultural learning.
Invited to give the annual Rosenblith Lecture in Developmental Psychology.
Occidental College, Pasadena, CA.  
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Evidence from the supernatural: Reasoning about ritual efficacy.
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

November 2013

Evaluating ritual efficacy: Evidence from the supernatural.
Keynote address at the New Perspectives on the Study of Religion Conference.
Masaryk University, Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion, Brno, Czech Republic. 
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October 2013

The cognitive foundations of cultural learning.
Northwestern University, Department of Psychology, Evanston, IL.

July 2013

The imitative foundations of cultural learning.
The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Leipzig, Germany.

Stick to the script: The effects of witnessing multiple actors on children’s imitation.
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Miami, FL.

Imitative foundations of cultural learning.
Paper presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany.

Affiliative motivations and the development of imitation.
Paper presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany.

June 2013

The cognitive foundations of cultural learning.
University of Queensland, Department of Psychology, Brisbane, Australia.

May  2013

Explaining guides children’s exploration and learning about causal regularities.
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

April  2013

The imitative foundations of cultural learning.
University of British Columbia, Department of Psychology, British Columbia, Canada. 

New directions in the study of cognition, culture, and development.
ZIF, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany.
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The social side of imitation.
Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

February 2013

The coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations across cultures and development.
UT Austin, Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Area Meeting, Austin, TX.

December 2012

The coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations across cultures and development.
Ethical Society of Austin, Austin, TX.

November 2012

The imitative foundations of cultural learning. 
UCSD, Department of Psychology, San Diego, CA.
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October 2012

The coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations across cultures and development. 
Brown University, Department of Psychology, Providence, RI.

September 2012

The coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations across cultures and development.
Center for Inquiry, Austin, TX. 

Teaching evolution: Cognitive science perspectives.
UT Austin, Department of Physics, Physics Education Forum, Austin, TX.

June 2012

The cognitive developmental underpinnings of ritual.
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Albuquerque, NM.

April 2012

Teaching evolution: Cognitive science perspectives.
UT Austin, Department of Paleontology, Area Meeting, Austin, TX.

December 2011

Evidence from the supernatural: Reasoning about ritual efficacy.
ZIF, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany.

October 2011

The coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations across cultures and development.
Keynote address at the Center for Research on Religion.
McGill University, Center for Research on Religion, Montreal, Canada.

May 2011

The coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations across cultures and development.
University of Cambridge, Department of Psychology, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Evidence from the supernatural: Reasoning about ritual efficacy.
Aarhus University, Department of Education, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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July 2010

The development of causal explanatory reasoning.
University of Munich, Department of Psychology, Munich, Germany.

May 2010

The development of causal explanatory reasoning.
University of Oxford, Centre for Anthropology and Mind, Oxford, United Kingdom.

August 2009

The coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations across cultures and development.
Queen’s University, Institute for Cognition and Culture, Belfast, Ireland.

May 2009

The development of causal explanatory reasoning.
UC Berkeley, Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Colloquium, Berkeley, CA.

February 2009

The development of causal explanatory reasoning.
UT Austin, Department of Human Development, Area Meeting, Austin, TX.

November 2008

The development of causal explanatory reasoning.
UT Austin, Department of Psychology, Cognitive Systems Area Meeting, Austin, TX.

The development of causal explanatory reasoning.
UT Austin, Center for Women and Gender Studies, New Faculty Colloquium, Austin, TX.