God and abstract thinking : the influence of religious beliefs on construal level

Heinz, Katharina

Document Type: Doctoral dissertation
Year of publication: 2017
Place of publication: Aachen
Publishing house: Shaker Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-8440-5354-8 , 3-8440-5354-9
University: Universität Mannheim
Evaluator: Bless, Herbert
Date of oral examination: 2017
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Mikrosoziologie u. Sozialpsychologie (Bless 1999-)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Religious beliefs are a pervasive cross-cultural phenomenon and they play an important role many people's lives, influencing their judgments and decisions every day. Yet relatively little is known about the underlying cognitive processes. The research presented in this book set out to address this important gap by investigating the relationship between religious beliefs and one particular cognitive process known to have a systematic impact on judgments, decisions, and behavior: mental abstraction. The series of correlational and experimental studies reported here shows that religiosity is positively related to mental abstraction and provides evidence for a causal influence of religious belief on construal level. Furthermore, it demonstrates the role different God concepts play for this relationship. Possible underlying mechanisms, limitations, and implications for future research are discussed.

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