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Vassilis Saroglou

Vassilis Saroglou

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  • SPN Mentor

Research area:
Personality, social, and cross-cultural psychology of religion

Research themes:
(1) Religion and personality (Big Five, sense of humor, need for closure)
(2) Religion, morality (values, moral rigidity, sexuality), and social behavior (prosociality, submission, prejudice)
(3) Cross-cultural aspects of religions; acculturation
(4) Specific orientations and groups: fundamentalism, cults/NRM, atheism
(5) Positive emotions, religion and spirituality

Awards & Distinctions:
APA-Division 36: Fellow (2015), Early Career (2005), Mentoring (2013), and William James (2017) Awards
IAPR-International Association for the Psychology of Religion: Quinquennial Mid-Career Godin Prize (2006)
SPSP-Society for Personality and Social Psychology: Fellow (2015) and Fellow of Division 8 (2016)
EAPP-European Association of Personalty Psychology: Mid-career Award (2018)
APS-Association for Psychological Science: Fellow (2018)
FNRS Solvay Quinquennial Prize in social and human sciences (2020)

International Service
President of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion (2011-2015)
Associate Editor (2007-2014) and Co-Editor (2015-2016) of the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
Guest co-Editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology (2011, 42, 8)
President of the International Academy of Sciences of Religion (2014-2015)
Guest co-Editor of Current Opinion in Psychology (2021, 40)

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Group Processes
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping

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Vassilis Saroglou
Institute of Psychological Sciences
Université catholique de Louvain
10, Place du Cardinal Mercier
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

  • Phone: + 32 10 47 82 74
  • Fax: + 32 10 47 48 34

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