Patty Van Cappellen
I am a social psychologist interested in the affective and motivational determinants and consequences of religious/spiritual practices and beliefs. I am also active in the domains of happiness/positive psychology, meditation, health behavior maintenance, and intergroup relations. See my Belief, Affect, and Behavior Lab webpage for more information. I am the Director of the Interdisciplinary Behavioral Research Center (IBRC).
Fredrickson, Barbara L., et al. “Do Contemplative Moments Matter? Effects of Informal Meditation on Emotions and Perceived Social Integration.” Mindfulness, vol. 10, no. 9, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, Sept. 2019, pp. 1915–25. Crossref, doi:10.1007/s12671-019-01154-2. Full Text
Van Cappellen, Patty, et al. “Positive affective processes underlie positive health behaviour change.” Psychology & Health, vol. 33, no. 1, Informa UK Limited, Jan. 2018, pp. 77–97. Crossref, doi:10.1080/08870446.2017.1320798. Full Text
Fredrickson, Barbara L., et al. “Positive Emotion Correlates of Meditation Practice: a Comparison of Mindfulness Meditation and Loving-Kindness Meditation.” Mindfulness, vol. 8, no. 6, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, Dec. 2017, pp. 1623–33. Crossref, doi:10.1007/s12671-017-0735-9. Full Text
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
ON THANKSGIVING: HOW GRATITUDE TO GOD IS DEMONSTRATED, WITH CONSEQUENCES FOR THE GRATEFUL PERSON AND WITNESSES awarded by Biola University (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2022
The Embodiment of Worship: Relations Among Postural, Psychological, and Physiological Aspects of Religious Practice awarded by John Templeton Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2021
Embodiment in worship across religious contexts awarded by Arizona State University (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020
Subjective Reasons for Belief and Non-belief awarded by Arizona State University (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020