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Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

2023 and In Press

Reece, G. A., Van Tongeren, D. R., & Van Cappellen, P. (2023). Eternal outgroups: Afterlife beliefs predict prejudice. Personality and Individual Differences, 214.

Van Cappellen, P., Clapp, A., & Algoe, S. (In press). God of the good gaps: Prevalence, eliciting situations, and demonstrations of gratitude to god as compared to interpersonal gratitude. Journal of Positive Psychology.

The MARP Team. (2022). A many analysts approach to the relation between religiosity and well-being. Religion, Brain, and Behavior, 13(3), 237-283.
Freeburg, P. A., Van Cappellen, P., Ratchford, J. L., & Schnitker, S. A. (2023). Meaning
behind the movement: Attributing sacred meaning to fluid and nonfluid arm movements
increases selftranscendent positive emotions and buffers the effects of nonfluidity on positive emotions. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 15(3), 425-436. Pre-print.

Van Cappellen, P., Edwards, M. E., Shiota, M. N. (2023). Shades of expansiveness: Postural expression of dominance, high-arousal positive affect, and warmth. Emotion, 23, 973-985. Pre-print.

Van Tongeren, D. R., DeWall, C. N., & Van Cappellen, P. (2023). A sheep in wolf’s clothing?: Toward an understanding of religious dones. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 152(1), 98-1119.

Prinzing, M., Van Cappellen, P., & Fredrickson B.L. (2023). More than a momentary blip in the universe? Investigating the link between religiousness and perceived meaning in life. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 49, 180-196. PDF

Van Cappellen, P., Cassidy, S., & Zhang, R. (2023). Religion as an embodied practice: Documenting the various forms, meanings, and associated experience of Christian prayer postures. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 15, 251-261. Pre-print


Van Cappellen, P., Ladd, K. L., Cassidy, S., Edwards, M., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2022). Bodily feedback: Expansive and upward posture facilitates the experience of positive affect. Cognition and Emotion, 36(7), 1327-1342. PDF

Don, B., P., Van Cappellen, P., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2022). Training in
mindfulness or loving-kindness meditation is associated with lower variability in
social connectedness across time. Mindfulness, 13, 1173-1184. PDF

Naclerio, M., & Van Cappellen, P. (2022). Awe, group cohesion, and religious self-sacrifice. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 32, 256-271. PDF

Van Cappellen, P., & LaBouff, J. (2022). Prejudice toward Christians and Atheists among members of nonreligious groups: Attitudes, behaviors, and mechanisms. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 25, 3-25. PDF


Barczak-Scarboro, N. E., Van Cappellen, P., & Fredrickson B.L. (2021). For whom do meditation interventions improve mental health symptoms? Looking at the roles of psychological and biological resources over time. Mindfulness, 12, 2781–2793. PDF

Van Cappellen, P., & Edwards, M. (2021). Emotion expression in context: Full body postures of Christian prayer orientations compared to secular emotions. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 45, 545–565. Pre-print

Don, B., P., Van Cappellen, P., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2021). Understanding engagement in and affective experiences during physical activity: The role of meditation interventions. Psychosomatic Medicine, 83(6), 592–601. PDF

Van Cappellen, P., Edwards, M., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2021). Upward spirals of positive emotions and religious behaviors. Current Opinion in Psychology, 40, 92-98.  PDF  

Fredrickson, B. L., Arizmendi, C., & Van Cappellen, P. (2021). Same-day, cross-day, and upward spiral relations between positive affect and positive health behaviours. Psychology and Health, 36(4), 444–460.  PDF

Van Cappellen, P. & Edwards, M. E. (2021). The embodiment of worship: Relations among postural, psychological, and physiological aspects of religious practice. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 6(1-2), 56–79.  PDF


Galdiolo, S., Gaugue, J., Mikolajczak, M., & Van Cappellen, P. (2020). Development of trait emotional intelligence in response to childbirth: A longitudinal couple perspective. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 1–9. PDF

Van Cappellen, P. & LaBouff, J. (2020). Prejudice toward Christians and Atheists among members of nonreligious groups: Attitudes, behaviors, and mechanisms. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 1-23. PDF

Łowicki, P., Zajenkowski, M., & Van Cappellen, P. (2020). It’s the heart that matters: The relationships among cognitive mentalizing ability, emotional empathy, and religiosity. Personality and Individual Differences, 161, 1–9. PDF

Van Cappellen, P. (2020). The emotion of joy: A commentary on Johnson. Journal of Positive Psychology, 15(1), 40-43. PDF

 Van Cappellen*, P., Catalino*, L., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2020). A new micro-intervention to increase the enjoyment and continued practice of meditation. Emotion, 20(8), 1332–1343. PDF


Fredrickson, B. L., Arizmendi, C., Van Cappellen, P., Firestine, A. M., Brantley, M. M., Kim, S. L., Brantley, J., & Salzberg, S. (2019). Do contemplative moments matter? Effects of informal meditation on emotions and perceived social integration. Mindfulness, 10, 1915-1925. PDF


Van Cappellen, P., Rice, E., Catalino, L., & Fredrickson, B. L. & (2018). Positive affective processes underlie positive health behavior change. Psychology and Health, 33(1), 77-97. (Special Issue on “Emotion, Health Decision-making, and Health Behaviour”) PDF


Fredrickson, B. L., Boulton, A. J. , Firestine, A. M., Van Cappellen, P., Algoe, S. B., Brantley, M. M., Loundon Kim, S., Brantley, J., & Salzberg, S. (2017). Positive emotion correlates of meditation practice:  A comparison of mindfulness meditation and loving-kindness meditation. Mindfulness, 8(6), 1623-1633. PDF

Van Cappellen, P. (2017). Rethinking self-transcendent positive emotions and religion: Perspectives from psychological and biblical research. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 9(3), 254-263. (Special Issue on “The Psychology of Virtue: Integrating Positive Psychology and the Psychology of Religion”) PDF

Van Cappellen, P., Fredrickson, B. L., Saroglou, V., & Corneille, O. (2017). Religiosity and the motivation for social affiliation. Personality and Individual Differences11324-31. PDF OSF


Martin-Krumm, C., Tamminen, K, Oger, M, Trousselard, M. , Ferrer, M-H, Van Cappellen, P., & Fredrickson, B. (2016). Les émotions, frein ou levier pour les apprentissages en EPS? In M. Campo & B. Louvet (Eds.), Les émotions en sport – Education physique, performance et santé (pp. 129-164). Bruxelles: Editions De Boeck.

Van Cappellen, P., Way, B., Isgett, S. F., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2016). Effects of oxytocin administration on spirituality and emotional responses to meditation. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(10), 1579-1587. PDF Supplemental material Dataset and codebook on OSF

    See media coverage: e.g., The Huffington PostTimes LIVEPsychology TodayScience NewsLive Science.

Clobert, M., Van Cappellen, P., Bourdon, M., & Cohen, A. (2016). Good day for Leos: Horoscope’s influence on perception, cognitive performances, and creativity. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 348-355. PDF

   Research featured on Netflix show “Explained” titled “Horoscope”

Van Cappellen, P., Toth-Gauthier, M., Saroglou, V., & Fredrickson, B. (2016). Religion and well-being: The mediating role of positive emotions. Journal of Happiness Studies, 17, 485-505. PDF

Van Cappellen, P., Saroglou, V., & Toth-Gauthier, M. (2016). Religiosity and prosocial behavior among churchgoers: Exploring underlying mechanisms. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 26(1), 19-30. PDF


French translation: Van Cappellen, P., & Rimé, B. (2015). Émotions positives et transcendance de soi. Dans V. Saroglou (dir.), Psychologie de la religion: de la théorie au laboratoire (R. Kaelen, trad., pp. 111-129). Louvain-la-Neuve: De Boeck Supérieur.

Van Oyen, G. & Van Cappellen, P. (2015). Mark 15, 34 and the real reader: The results of an empirical survey. Ephemerides Theologica Lovanienses, 91(4), 569-599. PDF


Van Cappellen, P. & Rimé, B. (2014). Positive emotions and self-transcendence. In V. Saroglou (Ed.), Religion, personality, and social behavior (pp. 123-145). New York, NY: Psychology Press. PDF


Van Cappellen, P., Saroglou, V., Iweins, C., Piovesana, M., & Fredrickson, B., L. (2013). Self- transcendent positive emotions increase spirituality through basic world assumptions. Cognition and Emotion, 27(8), 1378-1394. PDF


Van Cappellen, P. & Saroglou, V. (2012). Awe activates religious and spiritual feelings and behavioral intentions. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 4(3), 223-236. PDF

    See media coverageAll about awe by Anna Mikulak, Observer, Vol.28, No.4 April, 2015. 

Van Cappellen, P. (2012). La fierté dans les Psaumes, ou le paradoxe de la glorification de soi en Dieu. [Pride in the Psalms, or the paradox of self-glorification in God]. Revue Théologique de Louvain, 43(3), 341-362. PDF


Van Cappellen, P. (2011). Un rituel collectif: Analyse de 1 Ch 15-16 selon le modèle de E. Durkheim [A collective ritual : analyze of 1 Chr 15-16 from E. Durkheim’s perspective]. Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament, 25(2), 289-302. PDF

Van Cappellen, P., Corneille, O., Cols, S., & Saroglou, V. (2011). Beyond mere compliance to authoritative figures: Religious priming increases conformity to informational influence among submissive people. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21(2), 97-105. PDF


Saroglou, V., Corneille, O., & Van Cappellen, P. (2009). “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening”: Religious priming activates submissive thoughts and behaviors. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 19(3), 143-154. PDF

Note: * = joint first authorship