I am currently specializing in the field of the psychology of religion and irreligion. My recent work has examined prosociality and its relationship to religiosity versus nonbelief. I have examined the relative contribution of religious versus secular influences on factors such as well-being, morality, and self-presentational styles. I also have studied religion from a social cognition perspective, including topics such as the formation of interpersonal impressions based on others’ religiosity, the Belief in a Just World and cognitive biases. I study non-religious individuals and secular groups as well as the process of apostasy.
Institutional web page: https://www.gvsu.edu/psychology/luke-galen-110.htm