Ayse Payir, PhD Hear my name
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
Counseling & Human Development

PhD, University of North Carolina
MA, New York University
BA, Yeditepe Universitesi
BA, Istanbul University

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.

Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate (previously held)
Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
Human Development

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. Ma S, Payir A, McLoughlin N, Harris PL. Scientific and religious beliefs are primarily shaped by testimony. Trends Cogn Sci. 2024 May 27. PMID: 38806376
  2. Payir A, Soley G, Serbest O, Corriveau KH, Harris PL. Religious polarization and justification of belief in invisible scientific versus religious entities. Child Dev. 2024 May 21. PMID: 38773817
  3. Weisman K, Ghossainy ME, Williams AJ, Payir A, Lesage KA, Reyes-Jaquez B, Amin TG, Anggoro FK, Burdett ERR, Chen EE, Coetzee L, Coley JD, Dahl A, Dautel JB, Davis HE, Davis EL, Diesendruck G, Evans D, Feeney A, Gurven M, Jee BD, Kramer HJ, Kushnir T, Kyriakopoulou N, McAuliffe K, McLaughlin A, Nichols S, Nicolopoulou A, Rockers PC, Shneidman L, Skopeliti I, Srinivasan M, Tarullo AR, Taylor LK, Yu Y, Yucel M, Zhao X, Corriveau KH, Richert RA. The development and diversity of religious cognition and behavior: Protocol for Wave 1 data collection with children and parents by the Developing Belief Network. PLoS One. 2024; 19(3):e0292755.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38457421; PMCID: PMC10923471; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0292755;
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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;
  7. 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;
  8. 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;
  9. 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
  10. 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.
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2016 Society for Cross-cultural Research: Best Poster Award
2008-2010 Fulbright Association: Fulbright Scholar Fellowship
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