Fotograaf: David Maij

dhr. D.L.R. (David) Maij MSc

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Social Psychology
  • Bezoekadres
    REC G
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 129  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 2.34
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15900
    1001 NK  Amsterdam

Biographical Sketch


David Maij received his bachelor's degree in Brain & Cognition Psychology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2011. Two years later, he obtained research master degrees in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical & Health Psychology (Cum Laude) after graduating at the University of Leiden. Since January 2014, he has been working as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr Michiel van Elk. The PhD project encompasses an investigation of the psychological and neurological foundations of supernatural beliefs at the University of Amsterdam. Webpage:


Research Interests

  • Neurological and psychological correlates of supernatural beliefs (e.g., agency detection, CREDs, theory of mind)
  • Behaviour change - I have a company aimed at changing behaviour (Neuro Habits)
  • (Altered states of) consciousness


David heeft een eigen bedrijf (Neuro Habits) dat gericht is op gedragsverandering.

Voorheen werkte David als commissielid en voorzitter van de ASPO dissertatie prijs. 



  • D.L.R. Maij (2015, December 17). The hyperactive agency detection device is defenitely not hyperactive. Egmond aan Zee, Congres Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychonomie (NVP).
  • D.L.R. Maij (2015, December 11). Absorption is associated with over-attribution of agency in paranormal believers. Amsterdam, Congres van de Associatie van Sociaal-Psychologisch Onderzoekers (ASPO).
  • D.L.R. Maij (2015, December 4). On the (un)naturalness of religion. Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam, Workshop `Explaining Religion`.
  • D.L.R. Maij (2015, March 12). Cognitive biases associated with paranormal beliefs. Amsterdam, International Conventof of Psychological Science (ICPS).
  • D.L.R. Maij (2015, August 18). The boundary conditions of the hyperactive agency detection device. Istanbul, International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR).
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