Ara Norenzayan is professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, and a co-director of UBC's Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture (HECC). His research focuses on explaining religious beliefs and behaviors, their evolutionary origins, psychological impact, and culturally diverse manifestations. He is also interested in documenting and understanding universality and cultural diversity in psychology. His findings have been featured in major international media, such as the BBC World Service, The New York Times Magazine, the Economist, Der Spiegel, the National Post, and the New Scientist. He is the author of Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. He grew up in Beirut and lives in Vancouver.