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Name Dr Nathalia Gjersoe
Job title Research Associate
Department School of Experimental Psychology University of Bristol
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Qualifications MA(Edin), PhD(Bristol)
Professional details
Membership of professional bodies Bristol Cognitive Development Centre
British Psychology Society
Society for Research into Child Development
Keywords magical/supernatural belief
development of religion
early education
cognitive development
cognitive science
Areas of expertise My focus now is on the development of supernatural and religious belief, what areas of the brain are activated when thinking in a supernatural manner and how cultural differences (between Japan and England) effect supernatural thought and behaviour. My doctoral work explored how children make sense of the visual world and how this changes between the ages of 2 and 6 years. Much of this research focussed on interpretation of visual illusions. Previously, I have worked with the Scottish Executive to advise and implement changes in provision of care and education for children under the age of 5.
Media experience I have written for popular science publications, been interviewed for live radio and been a consultant on the development of a television programme for the BBC.