Michael Inzlicht

Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Toronto

What He Studies

The neuroscience and psychology of self-control, prejudice and discrimination (focusing specifically on the psychological consequences of belonging to a stigmatized group), and neuroaffective markers of religious belief.

in the news

How Religion Can Move Us to Do Terrible Things

While religion is exquisitely designed to bind people together, enabling them to trust and protect each other, denigrating outsiders can be the flip side of that trust—and that denigration can snuff out empathy fast. Now, brain imaging studies tell us that witnessing bad things happen to those outsiders can make people feel powerful and superior.


Scientists Seek Religious Experience—in Subjects’ Brains

A growing number of scientists are aiming their most sophisticated machinery at religious cognition.
— Los Angeles Times



Department of Psychology
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4

Phone: 416-208-4826
Fax: 416-287-7642
Email: michael.inzlicht@utoronto.ca