I spend the largest portion of my time conducting, reading, and communicating about research. My current research projects focus on the following questions:

  • How similar are ideas like karma and qi to ideas like God and ghosts? Collaborator: Jesse Preston
  • Why is intelligent design so easy to believe in? Collaborator: Jesse Preston
  • How might thinking about God influence our emotional reactions? Collaborators: Meagan Peters, Jesse Preston
  • How do we think about religious affiliation and what role does this play in religious conflict? Collaborators: Jesse Preston, Jocelyn Dautel, Katherine Kinzler
  • Is there a difference between goodness/badness and rightness/wrongness? If so, how does this influence what we know about people’s moral judgments? Collaborator: Paulo Sousa
  • What happens when we need to explain why things are the way they are—for example, why tigers have stripes? Collaborator: Andrei Cimpian

You can see me present my research at these upcoming conferences:

  • Salomon, E., & Sousa, P. (July, 2011). Beyond wrongdoing: How the folk parse the moral domain. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Montreal, PQ.
  • Salomon, E., & Preston, J. L. (October, 2011). The substance of faith: Ontological distinctions in supernatural concepts. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Milwaukee, WI.

To learn more about the research groups I am involved in, go to these websites:


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