EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium
Volume 7, Issue 1, 2015-2017
Faith, Affect, and Cognition: The Palliative Effects of Belief in God
Medlin, M., & Garvey, K.
While the evolutionary origins of religiosity are likely shrouded in prehistory, many hypotheses have been generated that suggest that it is either (1) a mechanism by which growing human populations formalized cooperation to protect the in-group from external threat or (2) a propensity to engage in an intuitive versus a rational cognitive style. In this study both of these “causes” were compared against each other to predict belief in God. The results reflect that both stronger in-group preferences, evidenced by higher Fear of Social Deviance and higher Binding Morality scores, and lower scores on Rational Cognitive Style are correlated with belief in god, though in-group preferences accounted for the majority of the variance.
How to cite this article:
Medlin, M., & Garvey, K. (2017). Faith, affect, and cognition: The palliative effects of belief in God. The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 7(1), 124-131.