Numerous published studies and a meta-analysis suggest that priming religion causes an increase in prosocial behaviors. However, mediating mechanisms of this purported causal relationship have not yet been formally tested. In line with cultural evolutionary theories and their supporting evidence, I test the proposition that public self-awareness mediates the effect of priming religion on prosociality. However, other theories of religion suggest that persons may feel small when perceiving God, and these feelings have predicted prosociality in published research.
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- Partial requirement for: M.A., Arizona State University, 2018Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 42-49)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: Psychology