New article testing the influence of moralizing gods on intragroup and intergroup cooperation
Do beliefs in omniscient and punitive moralizing gods contribute promote ingroup cooperation? And what about their effect on intergroup cooperation with people who belong to other religion?
We are providing some answers to these questions in our new paper called “Moralizing gods, impartiality and religious parochialism across 15 societies". Together, in two experiments with 2228 participants from 15 populations, the ratings of gods as monitoring and punishing predicted resource-sharing with co-religionists. Sharing with outgroups varied between sites: in the absence of intergroup hostility, the results suggest that moralizing gods may promote cooperation with outgroups.
New Publication on Identity Fusion Theory
Our new paper in which dr. Ben Purzycki (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Lipsko) and Martin Lang are testing the identity fusion theory on a cross-cultural data set is out in Cognition.
New Textbook of Cognitive Science of Religion
LEVYNA has a chapter in a new Bloomsbury Press textbook in which we explain in depth our experiment on ritualized behavior and anxiety.
New edited volume in honor of Armin W. Geertz
LEVYNA has contributed two chapters to the new edited volume Evolution, Cognition, and the History of Religion: A New Synthesispublished in honor of Armin W. Geertz.
New publication on religious badges and interpersonal trust
There is a new article in Evolutionary Psychology about the effects of religious badges on interpesonal trust that LEVYNA has collaborated on.