Luke Galen

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.

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Contributions by Luke Galen


Misplaced Faith?: A theory of supernatural belief as misattribution

Does scientific evidence have any bearing at all on the existence of a God or gods? In this podcast, Thomas J. Coleman III interviews Dr. Luke Galen on his latest theoretical work, which combines evidence from across the psychological sciences to address how natural processes influence attributions of supernatural agency.




Is Religion Special? A Critical Look at Religion, Wellbeing and Prosociality

Is religion good for your health and wellbeing? Does religion promote prosociality? While positive stereotypes prevail in these domains, studies also typically answer these questions in the affirmative and as such, it is easy to think that there must be something special, sui generis, ...



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