Personality and social psychology of religion
(1) Religion and personality (Big Five; sense of humor; need for closure)
(2) Religion, morality (values, moral principlism), and social behavior (prosocial, antisocial, submission)
(3) Religion, culture, and acculturation
(4) Specific orientations and groups: fundamentalism, cults
(5) Positive emotions, religion and spirituality
Awards & Distinctions:
APA-Division 36: Early Career Award (2005), Mentoring Award (2013), Fellow (2015), William James Award (2017)
International Association for the Psychology of Religion: Quinquennial Mid-Career Godin Prize (2006)
Society for Personality and Social Psychology: Fellow (2015) and Fellow of Division 8 (2016)
President of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion (2011-2015)
Associate Editor (2007-2014) and Co-Editor (2015- ) of the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
Guest Editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology (2011, 42, 8)
President of the International Academy of Sciences of Religion (2014-2015)
- Saroglou, V. (Ed.). (2014). Religion, personality, and social behavior. New York: Psychology Press (440 pp.).
- Blogowska, J., & Saroglou, V. (2013). For better or worse: Fundamentalists’ attitudes towards outgroups as a function of exposure to authoritative religious texts. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 23, 103-125.
- Blogowska, J., Saroglou, V., & Lambert, C. (2013). Religious prosociality and aggression: It's real. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 52, 524-536.
- Clobert, M., Saroglou, V., & Hwang, K.-K. (2015, in press). East Asian religious tolerance versus Western monotheist prejudice: The role of (in)tolerance of contradiction. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Advance online publication.
- Clobert, M., Saroglou, V., & Hwang, K.-K. (2015). Buddhist concepts as implicitly reducing prejudice and increasing prosociality. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 513-525.
- Deak, C., & Saroglou, V. (2015). Opposing abortion, gay adoption, euthanasia, and suicide: Compassionate openness or self-centered moral rigorism? Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 37, 267-294.
- Friedman, M., & Saroglou, V. (2010). Religiosity, psychological acculturation to the host culture, self-esteem and depressive symptoms among stigmatized and nonstigmatized religious immigrant groups in Western Europe. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 32, 185-195.
- Prade, C., & Saroglou, V. (2016). Awe’s effects on generosity and helping. Journal of Positive Psychology, 11, 522-530.
- Rigo, C., Uzarevic, F., & Saroglou, V. (2016). Make love and lose your religion and virtue: Recalling sexual experience undermines spiritual intentions and moral behavior. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 55, 23-39.
- Saroglou, V. (2016). Intergroup conflict, religious fundamentalism, and culture. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47, 33-41.
- Saroglou, V. (2012). Is religion not prosocial at all? Comment on Galen (2012). Psychological Bulletin, 138, 907-912.
- Saroglou, V. (2010). Religiousness as a cultural adaptation of basic traits: A Five-Factor Model perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 14, 108-125.
- Saroglou, V., Buxant, C., & Tilquin, J. (2008). Positive emotions as leading to religion and spirituality. Journal of Positive Psychology, 3, 165-173.
- Saroglou, V., Corneille, O., & Van Cappellen, P. (2009). “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening”: Religious priming activates submissive thoughts and behaviors. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 19, 143-154.
- Saroglou, V., Lamkaddem, B., Van Pachterbeke, M., & Buxant, C. (2009). Host society’s dislike of the Islamic veil: The role of subtle prejudice, values, and religion. International Journal for Intercultural Relations, 33, 419-428.
- Saroglou, V., Yzerbyt, V., & Kaschten, C. (2011). Meta-stereotypes of groups with opposite religious views: Believers and non-believers. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21, 484-498.
- Van Cappellen, P., Saroglou, V., Iweins, C., Piovesana, M., & Fredrickson, B. (2013). Self-transcendent positive emotions increase spirituality through basic world assumptions. Cognition and Emotion, 27, 1378-1394.
- Van Cappellen, P., Toth-Gauthier, M. Saroglou, V., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2016). Religion and well-being: The mediating role of positive emotions. Journal of Happiness Studies, 17, 485-505.
- Van Pachterbeke, M., Freyer, C., & Saroglou, V. (2011). When authoritarianism meets religion: Sacrificing others in the name of abstract deontology. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 898-903.
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