Patty Van Cappellen

Patty Van Cappellen

Research Scientist


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, P, Fredrickson, BL, Saroglou, V, and Corneille, O. "Religiosity and the motivation for social affiliation." Personality and Individual Differences 113 (July 2017): 24-31. Full Text Open Access Copy

Van Cappellen, P, Way, BM, Isgett, SF, and Fredrickson, BL. "Effects of oxytocin administration on spirituality and emotional responses to meditation." Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 11.10 (October 2016): 1579-1587. Full Text

Clobert, M, Van Cappellen, P, Bourdon, M, and Cohen, AB. "Good day for Leos: Horoscope's influence on perception, cognitive performances, and creativity." Personality and Individual Differences 101 (October 2016): 348-355. Full Text

Van Cappellen, P, Toth-Gauthier, M, Saroglou, V, and Fredrickson, BL. "Religion and Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Positive Emotions." Journal of Happiness Studies 17.2 (April 2016): 485-505. Full Text

Van Cappellen, P, Saroglou, V, and Toth-Gauthier, M. "Religiosity and Prosocial Behavior Among Churchgoers: Exploring Underlying Mechanisms." The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion 26.1 (January 2, 2016): 19-30. Full Text

Van Oyen, G, and Van Cappellen, P. "Mark 15,34 and the real reader: the Results of an empirical survey." Ephemerides Theologica Lovanienses 91 (2015): 569-599-569-599.

Van Cappellen, P, Saroglou, V, Iweins, C, Piovesana, M, and Fredrickson, BL. "Self-transcendent positive emotions increase spirituality through basic world assumptions." Cognition & Emotion 27.8 (December 2013): 1378-1394. Full Text

Van Cappellen, P, Corneille, O, Cols, S, and Saroglou, V. "Beyond Mere Compliance to Authoritative Figures: Religious Priming Increases Conformity to Informational Influence Among Submissive People." International Journal for the Psychology of Religion 21.2 (March 31, 2011): 97-105. Full Text


Van Cappellen, P, and Rimé, B. "Positive emotions and self-transcendence." Religion, Personality, and Social Behavior. Psychology Press, July 24, 2013. (Chapter)

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

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

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