Ayse Payir

Ayse Payir

Research Interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of cognition, emotion, and imagination. I explore how children imagine alternatives to reality, use these alternatives to make inferences about others’ emotions, and make moral judgments. I also investigate how sociocultural factors—such as religious status—impact the boundaries of these alternatives. Most recently, I studied similarities and differences between children’s scientific and religious cognition with Kathleen Corriveau (Boston University) and Paul Harris (Harvard University). Currently, I investigate children’s and adults’ intuitions about the origins of God’s blame judgments with Larisa Heiphetz at the Social and Moral Cognition Lab.