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Religion and spirituality permeate many aspects of our society as well as of many people's lives. This pre-conference will bring together young and established investigators, as well as researchers engaging in interdisciplinary work, to discuss cutting-edge research at the interface of social-personality psychology and the psychology of religion/spirituality. We welcome all empirical-based psychological approaches to studying religion and spirituality. The program will consist of invited research presentations, two discussion panels on pressing issues (replication and cross-cultural work), two data blitzes (one standard and one specifically for yet-to-be-published data), a speed mentoring session, and a research poster session focused on post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate student research. As represented in this year’s program, the study of the psychology of religion is more interdisciplinary than ever, integrating theory and research from personality and social psychology with those of politics, law, and economics/management, and deeply engages with the need for sound and diverse science.


Dave Rand
Andrew Lewis
Mike McCullough
Michiel van Elk
Jon Grahe
Annette Mahoney
Dimitris Xygalatas
Jonathan Jong
Mark Aveyard

Data Blitz and Poster Submissions:

Abstracts are due December 1, 2018. Submit your abstract using this link: https://illinoisstate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_426VM68Pj17Tdv7  Authors should indicate if they would like the abstract to be considered for a 5-min data blitz presentation (standard session or emerging research session, which will  feature unpublished work only) or a poster presentation. Any abstracts not accepted for the data blitz will be considered for the poster session. Applications should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and the names of all authors with affiliated institutions. Questions can be addressed to Eric Wassermann at edwesse@ilstu.edu


Thanks to generous support from The John Templeton Foundation, we are pleased to offer complimentary registration to all students attending the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality pre conference.



Daryl Van Tongeren, Hope College
Patty Van Cappellen, Duke University
Eric Wesselmann, Illinois State University


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