The Belief, Affect & Behavior Lab (BABLab) at Duke University is directed by Dr. Patty Van Cappellen. We do empirical research on affective and cultural factors involved in 1) the pursuit of healthy lifestyle and psychological well-being and 2) in determining the quality of intergroup relations.  A lot of our work focuses on the scientific study of the 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/spirituality and how religion/spirituality impact people’s behaviors, emotions, and health. We also actively contribute scientific knowledge in the domains of meditation, health behavior change and maintenance, positive emotions and the science of well-being, and intergroup relations.

Read more about our specific research projects by visiting our Research or Publications pages. See News & Events for the latest updates about the lab!