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God vs the Welfare State: Cognitive Access to Religious Concepts is Contingent on Cultural Context
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Prior research, using correlational and self-report methodologies, suggests that religion and public welfare function as alternate security/insurance systems. The present studies expand this field by utilizing experimental methodology, previously used in attachment-religion research. We tested whether (1) threat primes lead to heightened cognitive access to welfare and/or religion concepts in secular/welfare and in religious/non-welfare cultural contexts, and (2) whether cognitive accessibility to welfare and religion concepts differs between these cultural contexts. Our results showed that in neither cultural context did threat primes facilitate cognitive access to religion (thus not replicating previous attachment-religion findings) or welfare. However, participants from the secular/welfare context had lower cognitive access to religion concepts compared to neutral and welfare concepts, and to participants from the religious/non-welfare context. We speculate that the failed attachment-religion replication is due to differences in the contexts studied, and suggest that cognitive accessibility may be used as a measure of cultural cognition.

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2017.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176235OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176235DiVA, id: diva2:1372875
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International Association for the Psychology of Religion Conference, Hamar, Norway, August 21-24, 2017
Available from: 2019-11-25 Created: 2019-11-25 Last updated: 2019-11-26Bibliographically approved

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