Culture and Belief Lab

The Culture and Belief Lab is new to the Psychology Department at York University in Toronto, Canada.  We study the cultural evolution of diverse worldviews, including religion, supernatural belief, morality, causal explanations, and prosocial behaviour.

We welcome diverse perspectives and want a broad range of lived experiences represented in the research conducted in the lab. We especially encourage applications from students from marginalized groups (including, but not limited to, on the basis of race, gender and gender identity, and religious affiliation).


Graduate Students

Dr. White will be accepting new graduate students for the next academic year (2022 – 2023).  Applicants should have research interests that fit with the broad research interests of Dr. White and the Culture and Belief Lab, as well as a strong undergraduate academic record.

More information about applying to the graduate program at the Department of Psychology at York University can be found here.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

If you are interested in volunteering as a research assistant in our lab, please email Dr. Cindel White ( about your interest and attach a copy of your resume and unofficial transcript.

Research assistants participate in several aspects of research, including literature reviews, coding data, creating and testing out surveys and other psychological methods, and assisting with data collection efforts.  We are looking for conscientious and motivated students who want to gain direct experience conducting psychological research, especially in preparation for graduate school admission.