Maxine Najle


Maxine Najle is a second year Ph.D. student in the Social Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. Her current research focuses on religion, morality, and gender—specifically how religious identity and beliefs influence perceptions of morality, gender, and other religions.  Additional research interests include evolutionary and cultural influences on behavior, perceptions of victims of sexual assault, linguistics, and cognitive dissonance.

She has masters in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kentucky as well as a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in English Literature with minors in Religion & Cultural Studies and Cognitive Sciences.



Recent Conferences

Najle, M. B. & Gervais, W. M. (2016, February). The Face of Atheism: People Intuively Assume that Untrustworthy Faces are Atheist.  Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA. PDF (edited: corrected typo)


Selected Publications

  1. Najle, M. B. & Gervais, W. M. (in press). Dislike and Discrimination Against Atheists and Secular People. Book Chapter. Beyond Religion.
  1. Najle, M. B. & Gervais, W. M. (in press). Nonreligious in Religious Societies. Book Chapter. Oxford Handbook on Secularism.
  1. Mudd, T. L., Najle, M. B., Ng, B. K. L., & Gervais, W. M. (in press). Priming the Origins of Morality: Automatic Reduction of Implicit Biases Associated with Atheists. Secularism and Nonreligion.
  1. Gervais, W. M. & Najle, M. B. (2015) Learned Faith: The influences of evolved cultural learning mechanisms on belief in gods. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
  1. Gervais, W. M., Jewell, J. A., Najle, M. B., & Ng, B. K. (2015). A Powerful Nudge? Presenting Calculable Consequences of Underpowered Research Shifts Incentives Toward Adequately Powered Designs. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
  1. Lund, E. M., Najle, M. B., Ng, B. K. L., & Gervais, W. M. (2014). No global kumbayah implied: Religious prosociality as an inherently parochial phenomenon. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion.