Location, location, location : Effects of cross-religious primes on prosocial behaviour

Authors

XYGALATAS Dimitrios KUNDTOVÁ KLOCOVÁ Eva CIGÁN Jakub KUNDT Radek MAŇO Peter KOTHEROVÁ Silvie MITKIDIS Panagiotis WALLOT Sebastian Ernst KANOVSKÝ Martin

Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Web http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10508619.2015.1097287
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10508619.2015.1097287
Field Philosophy and religion
Keywords Anonymous economic game; religious priming; prosocial behaviour; group bias; cooperation; evolution; field experiment; Mauritius; donation task
Description Priming with religious concepts is known to have a positive effect on prosocial behavior, however the effects of religious primes associated with outgroups remain unknown. To explore this, we conducted a field experiment in a multi-cultural, multi-religious setting (the island of Mauritius). Our design used naturally occurring, ecologically relevant contextual primes pertinent to every-day religious and secular life, while maintaining full experimental control. We found that both ingroup and outgroup religious contexts increased generosity as measured by a donation task. In accordance with previous research, we also found an interaction between individual religiosity and the efficacy of the religious primes. We discuss these findings and their interpretation, and we suggest potential avenues for further research.
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