Patty Van Cappellen

Patty Van Cappellen

Research Scientist

Overview

I am a social psychologist interested in the affective and motivational determinants and consequences of religious/spiritual practices and beliefs. See my personal webpage for more information. I am the Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Behavioral Research Center (IBRC). 

Van Cappellen, Patty, et al. “Religiosity and the motivation for social affiliation.” Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 113, Elsevier BV, July 2017, pp. 24–31. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.02.065. Full Text Open Access Copy

Van Cappellen, Patty, et al. “Effects of oxytocin administration on spirituality and emotional responses to meditation.” Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, vol. 11, no. 10, Oxford University Press (OUP), Oct. 2016, pp. 1579–87. Crossref, doi:10.1093/scan/nsw078. Full Text

Clobert, Magali, et al. “Good day for Leos: Horoscope's influence on perception, cognitive performances, and creativity.” Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 101, Elsevier BV, Oct. 2016, pp. 348–55. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.06.032. Full Text

Van Cappellen, Patty, et al. “Religion and Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Positive Emotions.” Journal of Happiness Studies, vol. 17, no. 2, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, Apr. 2016, pp. 485–505. Crossref, doi:10.1007/s10902-014-9605-5. Full Text

Van Cappellen, Patty, et al. “Religiosity and Prosocial Behavior Among Churchgoers: Exploring Underlying Mechanisms.” The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, vol. 26, no. 1, Informa UK Limited, Jan. 2016, pp. 19–30. Crossref, doi:10.1080/10508619.2014.958004. Full Text

Van Oyen, G., and P. Van Cappellen. “Mark 15,34 and the real reader: the Results of an empirical survey.” Ephemerides Theologica Lovanienses, vol. 91, 2015, pp. 569-599-569–99.

Van Cappellen, Patty, et al. “Self-transcendent positive emotions increase spirituality through basic world assumptions.” Cognition & Emotion, vol. 27, no. 8, Informa UK Limited, Dec. 2013, pp. 1378–94. Crossref, doi:10.1080/02699931.2013.787395. Full Text

Van Cappellen, Patty, et al. “Beyond Mere Compliance to Authoritative Figures: Religious Priming Increases Conformity to Informational Influence Among Submissive People.” International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, vol. 21, no. 2, Informa UK Limited, Mar. 2011, pp. 97–105. Crossref, doi:10.1080/10508619.2011.556995. Full Text

Pages

Van Cappellen, P., and B. Rimé. “Positive emotions and self-transcendence.” Religion, Personality, and Social Behavior, Psychology Press, 2013.

Selected Grants

The Embodiment of Worship: Relations Among Postural, Psychological, and Physiological Aspects of Religious Practice awarded by John Templeton Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

Subjective Reasons for Belief and Non-belief awarded by Arizona State University (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

Embodiment in worship across religious contexts awarded by Arizona State University (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019