The ecological validity of priming religiousness : context and culture.

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dc.contributor.advisor Rowatt, Wade C. LaBouff, Jordan. 2011-08
dc.description.abstract Across four studies, the paradox of religiousness and prejudice was examined through self-report and priming methods in both a laboratory setting in an evangelical culture and a culturally agnostic field setting. Across all cultures and methods greater religiousness was associated with more positive attitudes towards the religious ingroup and more negative attitudes towards religious value-violating outgroups (i.e., intergroup bias) whether religion was inherently salient in the culture examined, or activated by a religious context. These studies indicate that priming religiousness through subtle ecologically valid methods is possible but difficult, and the activation of these constructs is seated in the culture in which those constructs are activated. In a highly religious series of American samples, subtle religious primes did not significantly influence self-reported religiousness, attitudes towards outgroups, or political attitudes. In a more religiously heterogeneous European sample, however, the mere presence of a religious stimulus in a participant’s visual field was associated with more conservative attitudes, higher self-reported personal religiousness, and greater intergroup bias. en_US
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dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Psychology of religion. en_US
dc.subject Prejudice. en_US
dc.subject Priming. en_US
dc.title The ecological validity of priming religiousness : context and culture. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Ph.D. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en_US
dc.contributor.department Psychology and Neuroscience. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience. en_US

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