Ara Norenzayan

Summary

Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Country: Canada

Publications

  1. ncbi God is watching you: priming God concepts increases prosocial behavior in an anonymous economic game
    Azim F Shariff
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Psychol Sci 18:803-9. 2007
  2. doi Parochial prosocial religions: Historical and contemporary evidence for a cultural evolutionary process
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 Canada http www psych ubc ca ara
    Behav Brain Sci 39:e29. 2016
  3. doi Theodiversity
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada Email
    Annu Rev Psychol 67:465-88. 2016
  4. doi The origins of religious disbelief
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
    Trends Cogn Sci 17:20-5. 2013
  5. pmc Mentalizing deficits constrain belief in a personal God
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    PLoS ONE 7:e36880. 2012
  6. ncbi Psychological universals: what are they and how can we know?
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Bristish Columbia, Canada
    Psychol Bull 131:763-84. 2005
  7. doi It was meant to happen: explaining cultural variations in fate attributions
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
    J Pers Soc Psychol 98:702-20. 2010
  8. doi The origin and evolution of religious prosociality
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
    Science 322:58-62. 2008
  9. ncbi Belief in supernatural agents in the face of death
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    Pers Soc Psychol Bull 32:174-87. 2006
  10. doi The cultural evolution of prosocial religions
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T
    Behav Brain Sci 39:e1. 2016

Detail Information

Publications20

  1. ncbi God is watching you: priming God concepts increases prosocial behavior in an anonymous economic game
    Azim F Shariff
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Psychol Sci 18:803-9. 2007
    ..We then discuss implications for theories positing religion as a facilitator of the emergence of early large-scale societies of cooperators...
  2. doi Parochial prosocial religions: Historical and contemporary evidence for a cultural evolutionary process
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 Canada http www psych ubc ca ara
    Behav Brain Sci 39:e29. 2016
    ..We review many interesting extensions, amplifications, and qualifications of our approach made by the commentators...
  3. doi Theodiversity
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada Email
    Annu Rev Psychol 67:465-88. 2016
    ..The contributions of psychology to the scientific study of religion will increase with a deeper understanding of theodiversity...
  4. doi The origins of religious disbelief
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
    Trends Cogn Sci 17:20-5. 2013
    ..Religious belief and disbelief share the same underlying pathways and can be explained within a single evolutionary framework that is grounded in both genetic and cultural evolution...
  5. pmc Mentalizing deficits constrain belief in a personal God
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    PLoS ONE 7:e36880. 2012
    ..Mentalizing also explained the robust and well-known, but theoretically debated, gender gap in religious belief wherein men show reduced religious belief (Studies 2-4)...
  6. ncbi Psychological universals: what are they and how can we know?
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Bristish Columbia, Canada
    Psychol Bull 131:763-84. 2005
    ..Finally, universals are examined in relation to the questions of levels of analysis, evolutionary explanations of psychological processes, and management of cross-cultural relations...
  7. doi It was meant to happen: explaining cultural variations in fate attributions
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
    J Pers Soc Psychol 98:702-20. 2010
    ..These results point to 2 independent psychological sources of fate attributions which also explain observed cultural differences in this tendency...
  8. doi The origin and evolution of religious prosociality
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, 2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
    Science 322:58-62. 2008
    ..We synthesize converging evidence from various fields for religious prosociality, address its specific boundary conditions, and point to unresolved questions and novel predictions...
  9. ncbi Belief in supernatural agents in the face of death
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    Pers Soc Psychol Bull 32:174-87. 2006
    ..The latter effects occurred primarily among the religiously affiliated, who were predominantly Christian. Implications for the role of supernatural agent beliefs in assuaging mortality concerns are discussed...
  10. doi The cultural evolution of prosocial religions
    Ara Norenzayan
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T
    Behav Brain Sci 39:e1. 2016
    ..Converging lines of evidence drawn from diverse disciplines provide empirical support while at the same time encouraging new research directions and opening up new questions for exploration and debate. ..
  11. doi Analytic thinking promotes religious disbelief
    Will M Gervais
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Science 336:493-6. 2012
    ..Although these findings do not speak directly to conversations about the inherent rationality, value, or truth of religious beliefs, they illuminate one cognitive factor that may influence such discussions...
  12. doi Reminders of secular authority reduce believers' distrust of atheists
    Will M Gervais
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Psychol Sci 23:483-91. 2012
    ..These findings contribute to theory regarding both the psychological bases of prejudices and the psychological functions served by gods and governments...
  13. doi Do you believe in atheists? Distrust is central to anti-atheist prejudice
    Will M Gervais
    Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
    J Pers Soc Psychol 101:1189-206. 2011
    ..These 6 studies are the first to systematically explore the social psychological underpinnings of anti-atheist prejudice, and converge to indicate the centrality of distrust in this phenomenon...
  14. doi What do cross-national comparisons of personality traits tell us? The case of conscientiousness
    Steven J Heine
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Psychol Sci 19:309-13. 2008
    ..Country-level self- and peer-report measures of conscientiousness failed as markers of between-nation differences in personality...
  15. doi The weirdest people in the world?
    Joseph Henrich
    Department of Psychology and Department of Economics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver V6T 1Z4, Canada
    Behav Brain Sci 33:61-83; discussion 83-135. 2010
    ..We close by proposing ways to structurally re-organize the behavioral sciences to best tackle these challenges...
  16. doi Cognitive biases explain religious belief, paranormal belief, and belief in life's purpose
    Aiyana K Willard
    Department of Psychology, The University of British Columbia, 2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada Electronic address
    Cognition 129:379-91. 2013
    ..Alternative theoretical models were tested but did not find empirical support. ..
  17. doi Moralistic gods, supernatural punishment and the expansion of human sociality
    Benjamin Grant Purzycki
    Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture, University of British Columbia, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
    Nature 530:327-30. 2016
    ..Our results support the hypothesis that beliefs in moralistic, punitive and knowing gods increase impartial behaviour towards distant co-religionists, and therefore can contribute to the expansion of prosociality. ..
  18. doi Toward a Psychological Science for a Cultural Species
    Steven J Heine
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Perspect Psychol Sci 1:251-69. 2006
    ..The implications of culture-blind and multicultural psychologies for society and intergroup relations are also discussed. ..
  19. ncbi Religion's evolutionary landscape: counterintuition, commitment, compassion, communion
    Scott Atran
    CNRS Institut Jean Nicod, 75007 Paris, France
    Behav Brain Sci 27:713-30; discussion 730-70. 2004
    ..Because religious beliefs cannot be deductively or inductively validated, validation occurs only by ritually addressing the very emotions motivating religion. Cross-cultural experimental evidence encourages these claims...