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Valerie van Mulukom

Assistant Professor in Cognitive Science, Coventry University

Dr Valerie van Mulukom is an Assistant Professor at Coventry University (UK) and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford (UK). Her research centres on the cognitive and evolutionary science of belief, imagination, and social bonding, and uses methods from experimental, social, and evolutionary psychology.

She received a PhD in the cognitive neuroscience of imagination at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, after which she held postdoctoral positions at Aarhus University and the University of Oxford, before joining the Brain, Belief, and Behaviour Lab at Coventry University.


  • 2021–present
    Assistant Professor, Coventry University
  • 2016–2021
    Research Fellow in Psychology, Coventry University
  • 2015–2016
    Postdoctoral researcher, The University of Oxford
  • 2014–2015
    Postdoctoral researcher, Aarhus University


  • 2014 
    University of Auckland, PhD Psychology
  • 2009 
    Utrecht University, MPhil Linguistics
  • 2007 
    Utrecht University, BA Language and Culture studies