Welcome

The Belief, Affect & Behavior Lab (BABLab) is directed by Dr. Patty Van Cappellen  and focuses on the scientific study of the motivational and affective determinants and consequences of religious/spiritual beliefs and practices. In other words, we use the tools and theories of social psychology to better understand why people turn to religion/spirtuality and how religion/spirituality impact people’s behaviors, emotions, and health. We focus both on religion/spirituality’s brighter side (their relationship to positive emotions of awe or admiration, biological indicators of health and connection) and darker side (their relationship to prejudice and antisocial behavior). Find out more about our specific research projects by visiting our research page or our publications page.