Ayse Payir, PhD
Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate
Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
Human Development

Ayse Payir is a postdoctoral research associate at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. She studies children’s religious cognition under the supervision of Kathleen Corriveau (Boston University) and Paul Harris (Harvard University). She completed a PhD in psychology with her work on the development of counterfactual thinking-based emotions and social judgments under the supervision of Robert Guttentag (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) while she was also studying the development of the virtue of gratitude under the supervision of Jonathan Tudge.

A peaceful coexistence or an inevitable clash? The development of scientific and religious thinking across two cultures
06/01/2022 - 11/30/2023 (Subcontract PI)
University of Birmingham TempletonRelig Trust


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  1. Payir A, Corriveau KH, Harris PL. Children's beliefs in invisible causal agents-Both religious and scientific. Adv Child Dev Behav. 2023; 65:1-34. PMID: 37481295
  2. McLoughlin N, Cui YK, Davoodi T, Payir A, Clegg JM, Harris PL, Corriveau KH. Expressions of uncertainty in invisible scientific and religious phenomena during naturalistic conversation. Cognition. 2023 Aug; 237:105474. PMID: 37146359
  3. Freitas LBL, Palhares F, Cao H, Liang Y, Zhou N, Mokrova IL, Lee S, Payir A, Kiang L, Mendonça SE, Merçon-Vargas EA, O'Brien L, Tudge JRH. How weird is the development of children's gratitude in the United States? Cross-cultural comparisons. Dev Psychol. 2022 Sep; 58(9):1767-1782. PMID: 35587410; DOI: 10.1037/dev0001383;
  4. Davoodi T, Jamshidi-Sianaki M, Payir A, Cui YK, Clegg J, McLoughlin N, Harris PL, Corriveau KH. Miraculous, magical, or mundane? The development of beliefs about stories with divine, magical, or realistic causation. Mem Cognit. 2023 Apr; 51(3):695-707. PMID: 35192175; DOI: 10.3758/s13421-021-01270-2;
  5. Payir A, Heiphetz L, Harris PL, Corriveau KH. What could have been done? Counterfactual alternatives to negative outcomes generated by religious and secular children. Dev Psychol. 2022 Feb; 58(2):376-391. PMID: 35113603; DOI: 10.1037/dev0001294;
  6. Payir A, Heiphetz L. Children’s and adults’ attribution of moral judgments to human and supernatural agents. Journal of Cognition and Development. 2022; 4(23):524-544. View Publication
  7. Tudge JRH, Merçon-Vargas EA, Payir A. Sourcebook of family theories and methodologies, eds. Adamsons K, Few-Demo A, Proulx C, Roy K. Urie Bronfenbrenner's bioecological theory: Its development, core concepts, and critical issues. Wiley. New York City. 2022; 235-254.
  8. Payir A, Mcloughlin N, Cui YK, Davoodi T, Clegg JM, Harris PL, Corriveau KH. Children's Ideas About What Can Really Happen: The Impact of Age and Religious Background. Cogn Sci. 2021 Oct; 45(10):e13054. PMID: 34647360; DOI: 10.1111/cogs.13054;
  9. Tudge JRH, Navarro J, Payir A, Merçon-Vargas E, Cao H, Zhou N, Liang Y, Mendonça, S. Using cultural-ecological theory to construct a mid-range theory for the development of gratitude as a virtue. Journal of Family Theory and Review. 2021; 2(14):157-174. View Publication
  10. Tudge JRH, Navarro J, Merçon-Vargas E, Payir A. The promise and practice of early childhood educare in the writings of Urie Bronfenbrenner. Early Child Development and Care. 2021; 7-8(191):1079-1088. View Publication
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2016 Society for Cross-cultural Research: Best Poster Award
2008-2010 Fulbright Association: Fulbright Scholar Fellowship
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