Will Gervais

Evolutionary and Cultural Psychologist
University of Kentucky

What He Studies

Why people believe what they believe about the world—focusing on the cognitive, evolutionary, and cultural forces that facilitate supernatural beliefs, and how these beliefs, in turn, affect cognition, evolution, and culture.

in the news

Americans Intuitively Judge Atheists as Immoral

New research finds a link between disbelief and unethical behavior is strongly lodged in Americans’ minds.
— Pacific Standard


Kiss Me, I’m an Atheist

Two psychologists, Will Gervais of the University of Kentucky and Ara Norenzayan of the University of British Columbia, hypothesize that people see atheists as not fearing punishment from a monitoring deity. And in the last few years they have demonstrated this belief to be the core of anti-atheist bias.
— Al Jazeera America


University of Kentucky
Department of Psychology
201 Kastle Hall
Lexington, KY 40506

Phone: 859.257.6842
Email: will.gervais@uky.edu