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Dr Ryan McKay

BSc UWA, MClinPsych/PhD Macq.

Ryan McKay

Partner Investigator

Contact Details

Office : W235
Phone : +44 1784 414 993
email : ryan.mckay@rhul.ac.uk
Homepage : http://tinyurl.com/ryan-mckay
ORCID : http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7781-1539

External Address

Department of Psychology
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Profile

I moved to MACCS in 2000 to undertake my PhD in cognitive neuropsychiatry under the supervision of Professors Max Coltheart and Robyn Langdon. Afterwards I moved to London, where I worked as a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square. I then relocated to Boston to take up a post as Research Associate with Professor Daniel Dennett at the Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University, before returning to Australia as a Lecturer in Psychology at Charles Sturt University. From September 2007 to September 2010 I was employed as a Research Fellow on a large collaborative project on religion, funded by the European Commission. For the first two years of this post I was based at the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Switzerland (with secondments at the Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queen's University Belfast, UK, and at the Department of Psychology, Yale University, USA). In Zurich I worked with Professor Ernst Fehr, using the methods of behavioural economics and experimental psychology to research connections between religion and prosocial behaviour. In the third year I was based at the Centre for Anthropology and Mind, University of Oxford, where I worked with Professor Harvey Whitehouse's group, conducting experimental investigations in the cognitive science of religion. Since October, 2010, I have been employed at Royal Holloway, University of London, where I am currently a Reader in Psychology.

Please visit my lab homepage:
Morality and Beliefs Lab (MaB-Lab)

Recent External Appointments

  • Managing Editor of the Journal of the Cognitive Science of Religion. (2012 continuing)
  • Editorial Board of Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy. (2012 continuing)
  • Book Reviews Editor for Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. (2009 - 2013)

Recent Grants Awarded

  • John Templeton Foundation (2017 - 2019) "Mapping the psychology of unbelief across contexts and cultures." (£149,428) Jong, J., McKay, R., Brown-Iannuzzi, J., Gervais, W., Lanman, J., Pennycook, G., & Ross, R. ($251,776)
  • The Cogito Foundation (2017 - 2019) "Public understanding of science in a post-truth world." (CHF139,642) McKay, R., Tappin, B., & Efferson, C. ($182,273)
  • John Templeton Foundation (2015 - 2017) "Toward an affective science of religion: The emotional causes and consequences of religious belief." (USD251,261) McKay, R., Jong, J., & Halberstadt, J. ($269,222)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2012) "Face perception, trust and paranoia." McKay, R., Coltheart, M., Langdon, R., Connaughton, E., & Rhodes, G. ($24,022)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Large Grant (2011 - 2013) "Ritual, community, and conflict." (£4 million grant at the University of Oxford to cover research time at Royal Holloway, University of London, £230,562). McKay, R. ($428,790)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Boudry, M., Vlerick, M., & McKay, R. (In Press). Don’t blame the norm: On the challenge of ecological rationality. In F. Paglieri (Ed.), The Psychology of Argument: Cognitive Approaches to Argumentation and Persuasion. London, UK: College Publications.
  • McKay, R. (2013). Delusions. In H. Pashler, T. Crane, M. Kinsbourne, F. Ferreira & R. Zemel (Eds.), The encyclopedia of the mind (pp. 231-233). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Langdon, R., McKay, R., & Coltheart, M. (2008). The cognitive neuropsychological understanding of persecutory delusions. In D. Freeman, R. Bentall, & P. Garety (Eds.), Persecutory delusions: Assessment, theory and treatment (pp. 221-236). UK: Oxford University Press.
  • McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2008). "Sleights of mind": Delusions and self-deception. In T.J. Bayne & J. Fernandez (Ed.), Delusions and self-deception: Affective influences on belief-formation. Macquarie Monographs in Cognitive Science (pp. 165-185). Hove: Psychology Press.

Periodicals

  • Gervais, W. M., Xygalatas, D., McKay, R.T., van Elk, M., Buchtel, E.K., Aveyard, M., Schiavone, S., Dar-Nimrod, I., Svedholm-Häkkinen, A.M., Riekki, T., Klocova, E.K., Ramsay, J.E., & Bulbulia, J. (2017). Global evidence of extreme intuitive moral prejudice against atheists. Nature Human Behaviour, 1(0151), 1-5. doi:10.1038/s41562-017-0151
  • McKay, R. (In Press). The role of experience in religion: Accommodation vs. assimilation. Religion, Brain & Behavior.
  • McKay, R. & Furl, N. (2017). Doppelgängers and dissociations: Lesion network mapping illuminates misidentification delusions. Brain, 140(2), 262-265. doi:10.1093/brain/aww323
  • Ross, R.M., & McKay, R. (2017). Why is belief in God not a delusion? Religion, Brain & Behavior, 7(4), 316-319. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2016.1249917
  • Ross, R.M., & McKay, R. (In Press). Shamanism and the psychosis continuum. Invited commentary on "Singh". Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
  • Ross, R.M., Hartig, B., & McKay, R. (2017). Analytic cognitive style predicts paranormal explanations of anomalous experiences but not the experiences themselves: Implications for cognitive theories of delusions. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 56, 90-96. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2016.08.018
  • Rybanska, V., McKay, R., Jong, J., & Whitehouse, H. (In Press). Rituals improve children's ability to delay gratification. Child Development. doi:10.1111/cdev.12762
  • Tappin, B.M., McKay, R.T., & Abrams, D. (2017). Choosing the right level of analysis: Stereotypes shape social reality via collective action. [Commentary on Jussim.] Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e13. doi:10.1017/S0140525X1500240X
  • Tappin, B.M., van der Leer, L. & McKay, R.T. (2017). The heart trumps the head: Desirability bias in political belief revision. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(8), 1143-1149. doi:10.1037/xge0000298
  • van der Leer, L., & McKay, R. (2017). The optimist within? Selective sampling and self-deception. Consciousness and Cognition, 50, 23-29. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2016.07.005
  • van der Leer, L., Hartig, B., Goldmanis, M., & McKay, R. (In Press). Why do delusion-prone individuals "jump to conclusions"? An investigation using a nonserial data-gathering paradigm. Clinical Psychological Science. doi:0.1177/2167702617698811
  • Whitehouse, H., Jong, J., Buhrmester, M.D., Gomez, A., Bastian, B., Kavanagh, C.M., Newson, M., Matthews, M., Lanman, J. A., McKay, R. & Gavrilets, S. (2017). The evolution of extreme cooperation via shared dysphoric experiences. Scientific Reports, 7, 44292. doi:10.1038/srep44292
  • McKay, R., & Whitehouse, H. (2016). Religion promotes a love for thy neighbour: But how big is the neighbourhood? [Commentary] Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, e20. doi:10.1017/S0140525X15000503
  • McKay, R., Ross, R.M., O'Lone, K., & Efferson, C. (2016). The error of god, revisited. Religion, Brain & Behavior. [Link]
  • Ross, R., Pennycook, G., McKay, R., Gervais, W.M., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2016). Analytic cognitive style, not delusional ideation, predicts data gathering in a large beads task study. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 21(4), 300-314. doi:10.1080/13546805.2016.1192025
  • Ross, R.M., McKay, R., Coltheart, M., & Langdon, R. (2016). Perception, cognition, and delusions [Commentary on Firestone & Scholl, 2016]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, e258. doi:10.1017/S0140525X15002691
  • Tappin, B.M., & McKay, R.T. (2016). The illusion of moral superiority. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8(6), 623-631. doi:10.1177/1948550616673878
  • Geertz, A. W. & McKay, R. (2015). Editorial note. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 3(2), 111-112. doi:10.1558/jcsr.32771
  • McKay, R. (2015). Bayesian accounts and black swans: Questioning the erotetic theory of delusional thinking. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 20(5), 456-466. doi:10.1080/13546805.2015.1084910
  • McKay, R., & Whitehouse, H. (2015). Religion and morality. Psychological Bulletin, 141(2), 447-473. doi:10.1037/a0038455
  • Ross, R.M., McKay, R., Coltheart, M., & Langdon, R. (2015). Jumping to conclusions about the beads task? A meta-analysis of delusional ideation and data-gathering. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 41(5), 1183-1191. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbu187
  • Boudry, M., Vlerick, M., & McKay, R. (2014). Can evolution get us off the hook? Evaluating the ecological defence of human rationality. Consciousness & Cognition, 33, 524-535. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2014.08.025
  • Bourne, V.J., & McKay, R.T. (2014). Paranoid males have reduced lateralisation for processing of negative emotions: An investigation using the chimeric faces test. Laterality, 19(2), 235-252. doi: 10.1080/1357650X.2013.809728
  • Farmer, H., McKay, R., & Tsakiris, M. (2014). Trust in me: Trustworthy others are seen as more physically similar to the self. Psychological Science, 25(1), 290-292. doi: 10.1177/0956797613494852
  • McKay, R. (2014). Editorial: Religion and Agency. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 2(2), 93-96. doi:10.1558/jcsr.v2i2.28574
  • McKay, R., Buchmann, A., Germann, N., Yu, S., & Brugger, P. (2014). Unrealistic optimism and 'nosognosia': Illness recognition in the healthy brain. Cortex, 61, 141-147. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2014.07.016
  • Porubanova, M., Shaw, D.J., McKay, R., & Xygalatas, D. (2014). Memory for expectation-violating concepts: The effects of agents and cultural familiarity. PLoS ONE, 9(4), e90684. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090684
  • van der Leer, L., Hartig, B., Goldmanis, M., & McKay, R. (2014). Delusion-proneness and 'jumping to conclusions': Relative and absolute effects. Psychological Medicine, 45(6), 1253-1262. doi:10.1017/S0033291714002359
  • Harrison, J., & McKay, R. (2013). Give me strength or give me a reason: Self-control, religion and the currency of reputation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36(6), 688-689. doi:10.1017/S0140525X13001003
  • Harrison, J., & McKay, R.T. (2013). Do religious and moral concepts influence the ability to delay gratification? A priming study. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, 10(1), 25-40.
  • McKay, R., Herold, J., & Whitehouse, H. (2013). Catholic guilt? Recall of confession promotes prosocial behaviour. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 3(3), 201-209. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2012.739410
  • McKay, R., Tamagni, C., Palla, A., Krummenacher, P., Hegemann, S.C.A., Straumann, D., & Brugger, P. (2013). Vestibular stimulation attenuates unrealistic optimism. Cortex, 49(8), 2272–2275. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2013.04.005
  • van der Leer, L., & McKay, R. (2013). “Jumping to conclusions” in delusion-prone participants: An experimental economics approach. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 19(3), 257-267. doi:10.1080/13546805.2013.861350
  • Xygalatas, D., & McKay, R. (2013). Announcing a new journal: The Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion (Editorial). Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 1(1), 1-4. doi:10.1558/jcsr.v1i1.1
  • Harrison, J., & McKay, R. (2012). Delay discounting rates are temporally stable in a matching procedure using theoretical and 'Area under the Curve' analyses. The Psychological Record, 62, 307-320.
  • McKay, R. (2012). Delusional inference. Mind & Language, 27(3), 330-355. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0017.2012.01447.x
  • McKay, R., & Dennett, D. (2012). The sleep of reason: Do atheists improve the stock? [Commentary on Johnson.] Religion, Brain & Behavior, 2(1), 78-80.
  • Whitehouse, H., & McKay, R. (2012). Commentary on Pinker: The False Allure of Group Selection [Monograph]. Edge. [Link]
  • Bourrat, P., Baumard, N., & McKay, R. (2011). Surveillance cues enhance moral condemnation. Evolutionary Psychology, 9(2), 193-199.
  • Coltheart, M., Langdon, R., & McKay, R. (2011). Delusional belief. Annual Review of Psychology, 62, 271-298.
  • McKay, R. (2011). Isn't it ironic? A review of 'Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind'. Evolution & Human Behavior, 32, 444-446.
  • McKay, R., Efferson, C., Whitehouse, H., & Fehr, E. (2011). Wrath of God: Religious primes and punishment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278, 1858–1863. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.2125
  • McKay, R., Mijovic-Prelec, D., & Prelec, D. (2011). Protesting too much: Self-deception and self-signaling. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 34(1), 34-35. doi:10.1017/S0140525X10002608
  • McKay, R. & Efferson, C. (2010). The subtleties of error management. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31, 309-319. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2010.04.005
  • McKay, R. & Kinsbourne, M. (2010). Confabulation, delusion, and anosognosia: Motivational factors and false claims. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 15(1), 288-318.
  • McKay, R., Arciuli, J., Atkinson, A., Bennett, E. & Pheils, E. (2010). Lateralisation of self-esteem: An investigation using a dichotically presented auditory adaptation of the Implicit Association Test. Cortex, 46(3), 367-373.
  • McKay, R., & Dennett, D. (2009). The evolution of misbelief (Target article); Our evolving beliefs about evolved misbelief (Response to commentaries). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(6), 493-561.
  • Baird, A.D., & McKay, R. (2008). Psychological factors in retrograde amnesia: Self-deception and a broken heart. Neurocase, 14(5), 400-413.
  • McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2008). Jumping to delusions? Paranoia, probabilistic reasoning and need for closure. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 12, 362-376.
  • Coltheart, M., Langdon, R., & McKay, R. (2007). Schizophrenia and monothematic delusions. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 33, 642-647.
  • McKay, R. & Anderson, M. (2007). Reconciling psychodynamic and neurological perspectives on denial. Cortex, 43, 1102-1103.
  • McKay, R. & Cipolotti, L. (2007). Attributional style in a case of Cotard delusion. Consciousness and Cognition, 16, 349-359.
  • McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2007). The defensive function of persecutory delusions: An investigation using the Implicit Association Test. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 12(1), 1-24.
  • McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2007). Models of misbelief: Integrating motivational and deficit theories of delusions. Consciousness and Cognition, 16, 932-941.
  • Dennett, D. & McKay, R. (2006). A continuum of mindfulness. [Commentary on Mesoudi et al.] Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29(4), 353-354.
  • McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2006). Need for closure, jumping to conclusions and decisiveness in delusion-prone individuals. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194(6), 422-426.
  • McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2006). The Persecutory Ideation Questionnaire. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194(8), 628-631.
  • McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2005). "Sleights of mind": Delusions, defenses and self-deception. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 10, 305-326.
  • McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2005). Paranoia, persecutory delusions and attributional biases. Psychiatry Research, 10, 233-245.
  • McKay, R. (2004). Hallucinating God? The cognitive neuropsychiatry of religious belief and experience. Evolution and Cognition, 10(1), 114-125.
  • Rhodes, G., Yoshikawa, S., Clark, A., Lee, K., McKay, R., & Akamatsu, S. (2001). Attractiveness of facial averageness and symmetry in non-western cultures: In search of biologically based standards of beauty. Perception, 30, 611-625.
  • Rhodes, G., Zebrowitz, L.A., Clark, A., Kalick, S.M., Hightower, A., & McKay, R. (2001). Do facial averageness and symmetry signal health? Evolution and Human Behavior, 22(1), 31-46.

Published Abstracts

  • Baird, A., Kraiuhin, C., & McKay, R. (2011). Social factors in focal retrograde amnesia [Abstract]. Brain Impairment, 12, 16.
  • McKay, R., & Baird, A. (2008). Psychological factors in retrograde amnesia: Self-deception and a broken heart [Abstract]. Abstracts of the International Neuropsychological Society, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14(Suppl. 2), S3.
  • McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2006). The defensive function of persecutory delusions: An investigation using the implicit association task [Abstract]. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 18(6), 261-262.
  • McKay, R. (2001). "Sleights of mind": Delusions and self-deception [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Psychology, 53(2), 123.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • McKay, R., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2005). Models of misbelief: Integrating motivational and deficit theories of delusions. In K. Dautenhahn (Ed.), Proceedings of the symposium on Agents that want and like: Motivational and emotional roots of cognition and action (pp. 76-83). Hatfield, UK: Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Jong, R., Ross, R., McKay, R., & Halberstadt, J. (2017, July). Traumatic life events and religiosity in eight countries. Paper presented at the 18th General Meeting of The European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), Granada, Spain.
  • Lyngs, U., & McKay, R. (2017, July). It's more fun with my phone': A replication study of cell phone presence and task performance. Poster session presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, London, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2017, July). “I once was blind…” Religion, adversity and choice blindness. Keynote paper presented at the Computational Foundations of Religious Cognition: A Workshop Hosted by the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (IACSR), 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, London, UK.
  • Ross, R., McKay, R., Jong, J. & Halberstadt, J. (2017, July). The relationship between life events and religiosity: A priming study. Paper presented at the 18th General Meeting of The European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), Granada, Spain.
  • McKay, R. (2017, May). Changing the mind: Understanding deviations from rational belief revision. Keynote paper presented at the 2017 National Geographic Science Festival, Rome, Italy.
  • Jong, J., Halberstadt, J., Ross, R.M., Cardwell, B., & McKay, R. (2017, January). Traumatic life events and religiosity. Paper presented at the Templeton Foundation Gods in Minds Workshop, San Antonio, USA.
  • McKay, R. (2017, January). Delusions, Positive Illusions, and Jumps to Conclusions: Understanding Departures from Rational Belief. Colloquium at the Research Seminar, University of Vienna, Austria.
  • Ross, R., Jong, J., Halberstadt, J., & McKay, R. (2016, August). Traumatic life events and religiosity in eight countries. Paper presented at the 6th Biennial Meeting of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion, Vancouver, Canada.
  • McKay, R. (2015, December). Delusions, positive illusions, and jumps to conclusions: Understanding departures from rational belief. Colloquium at the Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2015, November). Ritual and social bonding: A psychological kinship account. Keynote paper presented at the Rituals, Markets and Redemption, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
  • McKay, R. (2015, November). Delusions, positive illusions, and jumps to conclusions. Invited paper presented at the Believing Brain: Neuroscience, Psychology and Faith Course, Cambridge University, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2015, October). Delusions, positive illusions, and jumps to conclusions: Understanding departures from rational belief. Colloquium at the Psychology and Sports Sciences Seminar Series, University of Hertfordshire, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2015, May). The evolution of misbelief. Colloquium at the Forum for European Philosophy “Consilience” Dialogue, London School of Economics, London, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2015, March). Does religion promote morality? Paper presented at the International Convention of Psychological Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • McKay, R. (2015, February). Delusions, positive illusions, and jumps to conclusions: Understanding departures from rational belief. Colloquium at the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2014, December). Delusions, positive illusions, and jumps to conclusions: Understanding departures from rational belief. Presentation given at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2014, June). Ritual and the social brain: A psychological kinship account. Colloquium at the Summer School on "Shared experiences: The boundaries of the social brain", Aegina, Greece.
  • McKay, R. & Boudry, M. (2014, May). In defense of false beliefs? Colloquium at the Costs and Benefits of Imperfect Cognitions Workshop, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2014, February). Explaining Misbelief (or ‘Delusions, Positive Illusions and Jumps to Conclusions’) Colloquium at the Psychology Department Research Seminar, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2013, November). Delusions, positive illusions and jumps to conclusions: Understanding departures from rational belief. Keynote paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Sydney.
  • McKay, R., Connaughton, E., Langdon, R., Coltheart, M., Rhodes, G., & Todorov, A. (2013, November). Paranoia, face perception and trust. Paper presented at the 7th Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Research Forum (ACNCN), Sydney.
  • McKay, R. (2013, October). Delusions are radically different from normal beliefs (Debate). Invited paper presented at the Power and Pitfalls of Psychopathology: Marking 100 years since the publication of Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology, London, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2013, September). Explaining misbelief. Keynote paper presented at the Workshop on the Differential Diagnosis of Delusions, Cracow, Poland.
  • McKay, R., Herold, J., & Whitehouse, H. (2013, August). Catholic guilt? Recall of confession promotes prosocial behaviour. Paper presented at the Congress of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR), Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • McKay, R. (2013, June). Delusions and other interesting beliefs. Keynote paper presented at the London Student Conferences: Psychology Day Conference, London, UK.
  • van der Leer, L., Hartig, B., Goldmanis, M. & McKay, R. (2013, June). Do delusion-prone participants jump to conclusions? Paper presented at the NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference, Bonn, Germany.
  • McKay, R. (2012, October). Delusional inference. Colloquium at the University of Bath, Bath, UK.
  • McKay, R., Efferson, C., & Fehr, E. (2012, June). ‘Shared delusions’: The evolution of costly social traditions. Paper presented at the Biological and Cultural Evolution and Their Interactions: Rethinking the Darwinian and Durkheimian Legacy in the Context of the Study of Religion Workshop, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • McKay, R. (2012, May). Religion, morality and parochial altruism. Paper presented at the Religion, Spirituality and Global Governance: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2012, April). Delusions and shared delusions. Presentation given at the Department of Psychology Research Seminar Series, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2012, March). Explaining misbelief. Presentation given at the University of Kent Research Seminar Series, Kent, UK.
  • McKay, R. (2012, February). Experimental methodologies in regard to ritual behaviour. Presentation given at the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion Seminar Series, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
  • McKay, R., Efferson, C., & Fehr, E. (2011, October). Shared delusions. Paper presented at the 17th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP), San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Baird, A., Kraiuhin, C., & McKay, R. (2011, August). Deception of self and others in focal retrograde amnesia. Paper presented at the 6th Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology & Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Research Forum, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • McKay, R. (2011, August). Explaining Misbelief. Invited paper presented at the Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry (ACNCN) Research Forum, Sydney.
  • Baird, A., Kraiuhin, C., & McKay, R. (2011, July). Social factors in focal retrograde amnesia. Paper presented at the 4th Joint Meeting of the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment and the International Neuropsychological Society, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • McKay, R., Efferson, C. & Fehr, E. (2009, October). God’s Wrath: The Relationship Between Religion and Altruistic Punishment. Paper presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), Denver, USA.
  • McKay, R. & Dennett, D. (2009, March). The evolution of misbelief. Paper presented at the Perrott Warrick Workshop on Beliefs and Reason, Trinity College, Cambridge, UK.
  • McKay, R., & Baird, A. (2008, July). Psychological factors in retrograde amnesia: Self-deception and a broken heart. Paper presented at the International Neuropsychological Society, Sociedad de Neuropsicología de Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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