Yonker, J., Edman, L., Cresswell, J., & Barrett, J. L. (2016). Primed analytic thought and religiosity: The importance of individual characteristics

Click here for Fuller Seminary PsycINFO Link Abstract: Analytic thought has been implicated in reduction of religious belief on the premise that intuitive cognitive systems facilitate religious belief and conscious inhibition encourages rejection of religious beliefs. Inherent in these studies are priming techniques to induce analytic thinking, resulting in reductions of religiosity and/or religious beliefs. The present study empirically reexamined the …

Barrett, J. L., and Jarvinen, M. J. (2015). Evolutionary byproducts and imago Dei

Link for Download / Purchase: http://www.eerdmans.com/Products/7192/the-emergence-of-personhood.aspx Book Description (from publisher): Despite the many well-documented similarities — genetic, cognitive, behavioral, social — between our human selves and our evolutionary forebears, a significant gulf remains between us and them. Why is that? How did it come about? And how did we come to be the way we are? In this book fourteen distinguished …

Why Religion?

Why do we believe in supernatural beings and hold religious beliefs? Will our religious beliefs disappear given the rise of atheism around the world? Thrive Center director, Dr. Justin Barrett, contributes to this discussion through an article published by the BBC, and a podcast by “An InExact Science“. BBC – Will religion ever disappear?: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20141219-will-religion-ever-disappear An InExact Science – Close Encounters of …

Samuelson, P. L., Jarvinen, M. J., Paulus, T. P., Church, I. M., Hardy, S. A., and Barrett, J. L. (2014). Implicit theories of intellectual virtues and vices: A focus on intellectual humility

Samuelson, P. L., Jarvinen, M. J., Paulus, T. P., Church, I. M., Hardy, S. A., and Barrett, J. L. (2014). Implicit theories of intellectual virtues and vices: A focus on intellectual humility. Journal of Positive Psychology, 10(5), 389–406. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2014.967802 Click here for Fuller Seminary PsycINFO Link Abstract: The study of intellectual humility is still in its early stages and issues …

Dr. Justin L. Barrett Lectures in Cambridge and Moscow

Director of the Thrive Center for Human Development, Dr. Justin L. Barrett, gave lectures last week on the Cognitive Science of Religion (CSR) in Cambridge, UK, and in Moscow, Russia. This was Dr. Barrett’s second trip to the United Kingdom this year, the first being in July. Last week, Barrett spoke to the Hills Road Sixth Form school and the …

Barrett, J. L. and Trigg, R. (2014). Cognitive and evolutionary studies of religion

Click here for EBSCOhost eBook Collection Book Description: The cognitive science of religion is a new discipline that looks at the roots of religious belief in the cognitive architecture of the human mind. The Roots of Religion deals with the philosophical and theological implications of the cognitive science of religion which grounds religious belief in human cognitive structures: religious belief …

Dr. Justin L. Barrett Interviewed for “The Table”

Thrive Center Director, Dr. Justin Barrett was interviewed for “The Table,” the blog for Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought. Dr. Barrett speaks about a number of topics studied at the Thrive Center, including cognitive development, spiritual wellbeing, social relationships, and humility. To watch Dr. Barrett’s interview and read the transcript, visit the article on “The Table” by CLICKING HERE. Link: http://cct.biola.edu/blog/2014/aug/07/interview-kids-spirituality-bloated-social-networks-born-believe/

Religion in China: Is it Natural? Thrive Unveils Preliminary Findings at Hong Kong Conference

On Wednesday, April 23, researchers from the Thrive Center for Human Development, Boston University, and Chinese Academy of Sciences, among other institutions, will present initial findings from their research project “Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge” at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. “Although there is extensive research to suggest that human religiosity may be a natural byproductof human instincts, very little research …

Justin Barrett Speaks at Cognitive Science of Religion Conference, “Is Christianity Natural”

Thrive Center Director, Dr. Justin Barrett, spoke September 13-14th, 2013 at the Cognitive Science of Religion Conference, “Is Christianity Natural?” at Seattle Pacific University. Barrett was an invited plenary speaker at the conference alongside Emory University’s Robert McCauley. In the conference’s opening plenary session, Barrett was the respondent to McCauley’s lecture, “Why Religion is Natural and Science Is Not.” Barrett …

Jucker, J. L., Barrett, J. L., & Wlodarski, R. (2014). “I just don’t get it”: Perceived artists’ intentions affect art evaluations

Click Here for Fuller Seminary PsycINFO Link Abstract: “Cognitive approaches have recently been proposed for understanding art appreciation, emphasizing the role of perceived artist’s intentions and messages in how lay people define what is “art” and what is “good” art. In particular, itis argued that a work of art automatically triggers speculation about the artist’s intention, and that it is intuitively assessed as an act of symbolic communication. The current experimental study tested these …