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7. Past its Prime? A Methodological Overview and Critique of Religious Priming Research in Social Psychology

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1. Title Title of document 7. Past its Prime? A Methodological Overview and Critique of Religious Priming Research in Social Psychology - Studying the Religious Mind
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Shoko Watanabe; University of Illinois; United States
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Sean Laurent; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Anthropology; History
4. Subject Keyword(s) cognitive science of religion; anthropology of religion; evolutionary religion; religion and culture; history of religion; ethnography; lived religion; psychology of religion; religious experience; religious behaviour; rites; rituals; worship
5. Subject Subject classification cognitive science of religion; anthropology; history
6. Description Abstract Social psychologists have frequently used priming methodologies to explore how religion can impact behaviour. Despite this, no consensus currently exists on whether religious priming effects are replicable or consistently observed across a range of spiritual beliefs. Moreover, mixed evidence highlights possible methodological shortcomings within the priming literature as well as theoretical ambiguity regarding the contents of different primes. The current article examines four types of religious priming methodologies that are frequently used in social-psychological research (explicit, implicit, subliminal, and contextual) and critically inspects the current landscape of the religious priming literature. We highlight theoretical issues and suggest methodological improvements that should facilitate a clearer understanding of when and how religion influences human behaviour.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 04-Oct-2022
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.43007
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Studying the Religious Mind
16. Language English=en en
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