Call for Proposals: Association for Moral Education Conference


The Association for Moral Education (AME) has announced a call for proposals for their 2014 conference here in Pasadena, California. The Thrive Center for Human Development and Thrive post-doc Peter Samuelson will be hosting the conference which will take place at the Pasadena Westin Hotel from November 6-8th, 2014. The topic for the conference is “Thriving Individuals / Thriving Communities: The Role of Moral Education in Human Flourishing. If you are interested in submitting a paper, poster, or a symposium […]

Thrive Students Presentation Opportunity – Spring Quarter, 2014


Thrive Students, There are two chances left for you to present your research at a Thrive Reflectorium. The Reflectorium is an informal meeting that functions as an awesome place for students and staff to get feedback on the research they are working on. Whether it be preparing for a dissertation proposal or practicing for an upcoming conference, the Reflectorium is a great place to work out the last kinks in the presentation and get incredible feedback from faculty and staff […]

Intellectual Humility & Children: Do children know what they think they know?


Does a young boy really know how his dad’s lawnmower works if he says that he does? Does a little girl know that the Tooth Fairy is really going to come to replace her incisor for a dollar bill with no more evidence beyond that her parents told her so? Intellectual humility, the understanding that you do not know everything, is a virtue that is the topic of research driving the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) funded, The Science of Intellectual […]

Is World of Warcraft a Religion?


It is very unlikely that the lucky children who got to open an Atari 2600 video game console on Christmas in 1977 (or their parents) had a clue that the question of whether video games could become a religion would be a legitimate one some day. In our modern world, children as young as three or four learn to operate computers (cell phones and tablets) that are more powerful than those the astronauts used in the Apollo spacecraft. Dr. Ryan […]

Fuller School of Psychology 50th Anniversary Events


In 2014, Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Events will take place from Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 through Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at the Fuller Campus. Throughout the celebration will be opportunities for breakout sessions on a variety of topics, a poster session hosted by the Travis Research Institute, and Dr. Richard Beck of Abilene Christian University will present as the event’s plenary speaker. For more information and to register for this event, visit the […]

Reflectorium Recap – December 9th


December ninth marked the last THRIVE Reflectorium of the Fall quarter. Dr. Ryan Hornbeck, one of the THRIVE Center’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellows, presented his research that is part of the Templeton World Charity Foundation grant titled, “Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge.”  Dr. Hornbeck’s presentation was based on a portion of this grant and focused on the ways in which “Moral Cognition Predicts Time Spent in Chinese ‘World of Warcraft.’”  Dr. Hornbeck takes the position of cognitive anthropologist as he […]

“Measuring Humility and Its Positive Effects” – Article By Intellectual Humility Grant Awardee


Looking at the long list of researchers and institutions who are a part of the Thrive Center’s Intellectual Humility Project might lead one to wonder, “what’s the big deal here?” Don Emerson Davis Jr. and Intellectual Humility grant awardee, Joshua Hook shed some light on this question by highlighting the challenges that exist when studying the construct of humility. Davis and Hook begin their article by stating that although there is a great deal of interest in researching humility (or […]

APA Division 36 Conference – Call for Papers


The Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (APA Division 36) mid-year conference will be held April 25th – 26th, 2014 at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Papers are being accepted for the conference with a submission deadline of January 10th, 2014. If you are interested in submitting research for this conference, please read the information at the bottom of this page, or CLICK HERE TO VIEW A PDF OF THE CALL FOR PAPERS. If you are interested […]

Vote to Help an Intellectual Humility Grantee Receive a Book Contract


Dr. Joshua Hook, one of the researchers working on the Templeton Foundation funded Intellectual Humility Project, is a finalist in a contract to win a book contract through the Barna Group. Dr. Hook’s book proposal is about the importance of humility in the context of religious differences. The premise of this popular book is well aligned with the research being conducted by the Thrive Center and other institutions in Intellectual Humility. To learn more about Dr. Hook’s proposal and to […]

Reflectorium Recap – November 18th, 2013


November 18th, the Thrive Center hosted the second of its three quarterly Thrive Reflectoriums. For those who may not be aware, these monthly Reflectoriums are a space where the scholars of the Thrive Center for Human Development come together to share research and ideas with each other, with the mindset that the more minds weighing in on a research question, the better. This month, Dr. Samuleson, a Thrive Center Post-Doctoral research fellow, and Kelsy Richardson, a Thrive Center fellow, both […]