- Free will and punishment: a mechanistic view of human nature reduces retributionAzim F Shariff
Department of Psychology, University of Oregon
Psychol Sci 25:1563-70. 2014..These results illustrate that exposure to debates about free will and to scientific research on the neural basis of behavior may have consequences for attributions of moral responsibility. ..
- Morality and the religious mind: why theists and nontheists differAzim F Shariff
University of Oregon, 1227 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA Electronic address
Trends Cogn Sci 18:439-41. 2014..Here we discuss how these empirical trends can be explained by fundamental differences in group commitment, motivations for prosociality, cognitive styles, and meta-ethics. We conclude by elucidating key areas of moral congruence. ..
- The emotional toll of hell: cross-national and experimental evidence for the negative well-being effects of hell beliefsAzim F Shariff
Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, United States of America
PLoS ONE 9:e85251. 2014..Possible cultural evolutionary explanations for the persistence of such a distressing religious concept are discussed. ..
- (Implicitly) judging a book by its cover: the power of pride and shame expressions in shaping judgments of social statusAzim F Shariff
University of Oregon, Eugene, USA
Pers Soc Psychol Bull 38:1178-93. 2012....
- Divergent effects of beliefs in heaven and hell on national crime ratesAzim F Shariff
Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA
PLoS ONE 7:e39048. 2012..Expanding on laboratory research on religious prosociality, this is the first study to tie religious beliefs to large-scale cross-national trends in pro- and anti-social behavior...