Dr Katherine O'Lone

Former Research Fellow


Katherine O'Lone joined the Woolf Institute in March 2019 after completing her PhD in Social Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London under the supervision of Professor Ryan McKay. Katherine worked as a researcher on the Measure of Success and Forgiveness & Future-building projects.

Katherine holds a BA (1st Class Hons) in Linguistics from UCL, an MA (Distinction) in Cognition and Culture from Queen's University, Belfast and an MSc and PhD in Applied Social Psychology, both from Royal Holloway, University London. Here her research focused on the cognitive science of religion and morality, in particular moral transference. This refers to episodes where past (im)moral behaviour is displaced into the present, where past in-group behaviour is displaced onto us, and where moral imperatives are displaced onto other (e.g. supernatural) agents. Her main research interests are: moral cognition and extremism; religion and pro-sociality and religiosity and morality.


2019 O'Lone, K., & McKay, R. T. 'Divine Forgiveness and Human Support for State-Sanctioned Punishment'. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 4:155-184

2018 McKay, R. T., Jong, J., & O'Lone, K. 'Idolizing the Indexical: Commentary on Van Leeuwen and Van Elk' [commentary]. Religion, Brain and Behavior, https://doi.org/10.1080/2153599X.2018.1453533

2017 McKay, R. T., Ross, R. M., O'Lone, K., & Efferson, C. 'The Error of God Revisited' [commentary]. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 8(3), 306-310.

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