The BABLab is recruiting for a lab manager position to start this Fall and last for at least 1 year. Find all information and apply here:
Principal Investigator: Patty Van Cappellen, Ph.D., Duke University
Co-Investigator: Sara Algoe, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The expression of gratitude to God (GTG) is present in virtually all religious practices. However, despite the recent rapid growth in scientific knowledge of gratitude, we still know little about the expressions and functions of GTG. In particular, the study of GTG compared to interpersonal gratitude (IG) poses an interesting set of scientific questions made all the more important by the pervasiveness of GTG in human experience. Building on the PI’s expertise in affective processes in religious cognition and the Co-I’s find-remind-and-bindtheory of gratitude (Algoe, 2012) and evidence on the functional value of public expressions of IG (Algoe, Dwyer, Younge, & Oveis, 2019), we propose to address three specific aims that will work together to elucidate the basic distinctions between GTG and IG, deeper understanding of expressions of GTG, and the functions of GTG.
Specifically, like prior research on IG, it is critical to take a systematic approach to understand the personal and social (public) functions of GTG, which may be similar to IG but may also bear unique features. A key starting point is to characterize demonstrations of GTG, using this foundation to begin to test personally-relevant functions and social reactions to these expressions. Collectively the proposed studies are designed to provide a generative foundation for future research on GTG. Simultaneously, they speak to the broader literature in affective, relationship, and behavior maintenance science.
Aim 1: Characterizing how people demonstrate GTG.
Aim 2: Illuminating factors that predict negative vs. positive reactions to GTG demonstrations.
Aim 3: Collecting preliminary evidence on two personally-relevant functional outcomes of GTG demonstrations: relationship with God strength and spiritual quest.
We are super proud that Megan will start her Ph.D. journey this Fall in the Psychology Department of the University of Missouri under the co-supervision of Dr. Jamie Arndt and Dr. Laura King. She will study questions related to meaning in life during difficult life events, hope, and well-being. Academia, watch out for this bright student!
Łowicki, P., Zajenkowski, M., & Van Cappellen, P. (in press). It’s the heart that matters: The relationships among cognitive mentalizing ability, emotional empathy, and religiosity. Personality and Individual Differences, 161, 109976.
Exciting new research on empathy and religion conducted by our visiting scholar, Paweł, in collaboration with Dr. Van Cappellen will soon be published on the Personality and Individual Differences journal!
Check out the work in advance here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886920301653
Please join us at the 2020 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention in New Orleans, LA. BAB Lab will be presenting five posters at the Convention and the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Preconference. Here are the contents and times of our presentations:
SPSP Convention (Friday, Feb 28 and Saturday, Feb 29)
Friday, Feb 28, 1:30-2:30pm
Shaken to the core: A naturalistic study of awe’s effects on values, meaning, and religiosity.
Edwards, M. E., Perlin J. D., & Van Cappellen, P.
Saturday, Feb 29, 9:15 – 10:15am
Shades of expansiveness: Full-body expressions of joy, awe, hope, and dominance.
Van Cappellen, P., Edwards, M., & Shiota, M.
Religion and Spirituality Preconference (Thursday, Feb 27, 8:00am – 4:30pm)
Prayer postures associations with religious experience among Muslims, Christians, and Hindus.
Edwards, M. E., & Van Cappellen, P.
Examining the religious functions of awe through group cohesion and self-sacrifice.
Naclerio, M. & Van Cappellen, P.
The interdependence between prayer posture and religious mindset.
Zhang, R., & Van Cappellen, P.
Congratulations to Maria, the recipient of the 2019-2020 Jerome S. Bruner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research!
Maria has been conducting research at the BAB lab since Fall 2019. Currently, she is writing her honors thesis on awe with Dr. Van Cappellen.
For more information about her award-winning thesis project, please read: https://psychandneuro.duke.edu/news/senior-maria-naclerio-receives-2019-2020-jerome-s-bruner-award-excellence-undergraduate
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL IMPORTANCE OF POSTURES DURING WORSHIP
by Sheridan Wilbur & Patty Van Cappellen
Van Cappellen, P., Catalino, L. I., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2019). A new micro-intervention to increase the enjoyment and continued practice of meditation. Emotion. doi:10.1037/emo0000684
New work revealing the importance of experiencing positive emotions during spiritual practices in order to sustain engagement in the practice.
Ruixi Zhang, a graduate from Wellesley College, has joined the lab as a full time Study Coordinator for the Embodiment of Worship project—an exciting research project funded by a 3-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
BABLab is currently hiring for a Study Coordinator position!
This is a full-time research coordinator position starting during the fall of 2019.
APPLY NOW! See the Join the Lab page for more details!