Lab Group

The composition of the Lab Group allows us to work collaboratively between levels of analysis and across traditions and cultures. The faculty have complementary areas of expertise: Professor Ann Taves, in theory and method in the study of religion with a specialization in American Religions; Professor Tamsin German in cognitive and developmental psychology, and Dr. Ray Paloutzian in social psychology and psychology of religion.  Specializing in multiple religious traditions, languages, disciplines, and objects of study (e.g., near death experiences, mystical experience, alcoholism, music, dance, ritual, transmission of religious), the graduate students bring an array of knowledge and skills that enhances the collaborative environment of the Group.
  • Former Post-Doctoral Researcher

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (December 1, 2013 - 2015)

  • Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student, Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Ph.D. Student

South Asian religions; Western esotericism; cognitive delusions and default processing.

  • Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty Advisor

Associate Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • MA/Ph.D. Student

MA/Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

  • Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student, Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Faculty Advisor

Professor Emeritus, Psychology, Westmont College Editor, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion

Areas: Experimental Social Psychology, Psychology of Religion.

  • Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

  • Professor
  • Faculty Advisor

Professor of Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Areas: American religious history; theory and method in the study of religion; interdisciplinary approaches to the study of experience

  • Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Areas of Study: Contemporary Islamic Studies; Music, Ritual, and Religion; Embodied Cognition.

  • Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Areas of Study: Contemporary Religion; Countercultures; “New Age;” Cultural Transmission; Cognitive Science of Religion.