Taking a leap of faith: reminders of God lead to greater risk taking

Chan, Kai Qin, Tong, Eddie Mun Wai, and Tan, Yan Lin (2014) Taking a leap of faith: reminders of God lead to greater risk taking. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5 (8). pp. 901-909.

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Abstract

Recent psychological models of religion suggest that religious beliefs provide a form of psychological control. Independently, other research has found that an increase in psychological control can lead people to adopt riskier strategies. Hence, we hypothesized that activation of God concepts increases risk taking. In three studies, we found that God primes led to take greater risk taking as though participants were literally "taking a leap of faith." In Study 2, we presented evidence that this effect could be mediated by increased psychological control. Although consistent with psychological models of religion, the findings also contradict some survey findings that religious people are less risk seeking. This inconsistency was addressed in Study 3 by looking at how religion, morality, and risk taking are related. Implications to a relational schema approach to study the effects of God primes are discussed.

Item ID: 56839
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1948-5514
Keywords: God, religion, risk taking, morality, control
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2014
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2019 22:29
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170111 Psychology of Religion @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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