Thomas Hills
Professor of Psychology, University of Warwick

Thomas T Hills is professor of psychology at the University of Warwick and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. He lives in Coventry, UK.

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A Mongolian shaman or böö sits with his child before a fire ritual during the summer solstice in June 2018 outside Ulaanbaatar. Banned under communist rule, shamanism has seen a resurgence in Mongolia since 1992, when the ancient practice became protected by the country’s Constitution. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty

Social psychology
Masters of reality

The trances and healing powers of shamans are so widespread that they can be counted a human universal. Why did they evolve?

Thomas T Hills