My name is Mathilde Hernu. I obtained a BA in Psychology and a MA in Social Psychology at Paris 8 University, France. I worked as a research assistant and coordinator for large human trials at Oxford University and Coventry University, UK. Presently, I am pursuing the joint PhD in the Cognitive Science of Religion sponsored by Queen´s University and Aarhus University, Denmark. My topic of research regards the coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations. The aim is to examine the extent to which these different explanations can be invoked by the same individual to explain events or states located in space and time such as misfortunes, life threatening illnesses and natural catastrophes. My hypothesis is that the motivations and mechanisms underpinning this phenomenon relate to a psychological need for control and to an understanding of causal links in terms of morality."
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