Azim Shariff


University of British Columbia · Vancouver, British Columbia

Azim Shariff is an Associate Professor and Canada 150 Research Chair of Moral Psychology at the University of British Columbia, where he is director of the Centre for Applied Moral Psychology.  His research on morality, religion, and technology regularly receives global media coverage, and has appeared in top academic journals such as Science, Trends in Cognitive Science, and Nature Human Behavior. He has written about this work for The New York Times and Scientific American, and has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival and World Science Festival in New York. He is a fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. He teaches a free Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on The Science of Religion for the public through edX.

Shariff’s talks on religion bring scientific data to the often empirically-lacking assertions made by both detractors and defenders of religion. This evidence is aimed at elevating and progressing what can be a vociferous debate about the role and consequence of religion in modern society.

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Topics: Psychology, Religion, Sociology & Anthropology
Subtopics: Psychology of religion

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