Prosociality and religion: History and experimentation

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Norenzayan et al. are praised for choosing to deal with significant questions in the understanding of religion. They are then criticized for refusing to define religion and for relying on problematic theoretical concepts. The authors discuss Abrahamic religions as the best-known prosocial religions but the evidence shows that the case does not fit their conceptual framework. Finally an extension of the authors' ideas about the meaning of priming effects is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e4
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
StatePublished - 2016

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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