Research

Hope: Bridging lived experiences, practice, and research

What is hope? In this grant-funded project set to begin in September 2024, we aim to further expand the psychological study of hope by engaging with lived experiences of practitioners and community members, including people of faith.

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The role of religion for a compassionate world

Does religion promote compassion? If yes, how? These are critical questions we plan to address in a new 3-year grant funded project (Templeton Religion Trust)

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Embodiment of emotions and embodiment in religion

This research looks at the relationships among postural, psychological, and physiological aspects of religious practice. It also provided unique data on full-body expressions of positive emotions.

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Affective and biological predictors of religiosity and spirituality

What draws people to religion and spirituality?

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Positive Emotions, Meditation, Behavior Maintenance

This research highlights the role of positive emotions when experienced during religious practice, meditation, and other health behaviors.

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Toward a better understanding of religion's potential dark side

This research looks at the relationships between religion/spirituality, compliance and antisocial behavior.

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Interdisciplinary research: Positive emotions in the Hebrew Bible

This research looks back at the fundamental texts of religion for a qualitative analysis of emotions.

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