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Biography

Jonathan Jong completed his doctorate at the Department of Psychology, University of Otago, New Zealand in 2012, specializing in the role of death anxiety in religious belief. He then joined the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, working on two large projects—Ritual, Community, and Conflict and Religion’s Impact on Human Life—on the social causes and consequences of religion and ritual. He came to Coventry University in 2015, and is Deputy Director of the Brain, Belief and Behaviour group at the Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement. His book, Death Anxiety and Religious Belief (with Jamin Halberstadt) is now available from Bloomsbury, Amazon, and elsewhere.

Research Interests

Death anxiety; Religious belief; Ritual behaviour; Social psychology; Experimental psychology; Evolutionary psychology

Vision Statement

My research interests are unapologietically anthropocentric. After all, human beings are endlessly fascinating. We worship gods, and build cathedrals to them. We hold strong moral beliefs, and construct complicated systems of reward and punishment to govern them. We fall in love; and out of love. We laugh at jokes, as well as in inappropriate occasions. And we do so much more. But why? What motivates human behaviour? How do evolutionary forces and cultural contexts shape us today? These are the sorts of questions that occupy my days, and sometimes keep me up at night. My research is driven by a curiosity about why human beings do the curious and amazing things we do.

External positions

Research Associate, University of Oxford

1 Oct 201531 May 2018

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  • A many-analysts approach to the relation between religiosity and well-being

    Hoogeveen, S., Sarafoglou, A., Aczel, B., Aditya, Y., Alayan, A. J., Allen, P. J., Altay, S., Alzahawi, S., Amir, Y., Anthony, F. V., Kwame Appiah, O., Atkinson, Q. D., Baimel, A., Balkaya-Ince, M., Balsamo, M., Banker, S., Bartoš, F., Becerra, M., Beffara, B., Beitner, J. & 233 others, Bendixen, T., Berkessel, J. B., Berniūnas, R., Billet, M. I., Billingsley, J., Bortolini, T., Breitsohl, H., Bret, A., Brown, F. L., Brown, J., Brumbaugh, C. C., Buczny, J., Bulbulia, J., Caballero, S., Carlucci, L., Carmichael, C. L., Cattaneo, M. E. G. V., Charles, S. J., Claessens, S., Panagopoulos, M. C., Costa, A. B., Crone, D. L., Czoschke, S., Czymara, C., D'Urso, E. D., Dahlström, Ö., Rosa, A. D., Danielsson, H., De Ron, J., de Vries, Y. A., Dean, K. K., Dik, B. J., Disabato, D. J., Doherty, J. K., Draws, T., Drouhot, L., Dujmovic, M., Dunham, Y., Ebert, T., Edelsbrunner, P. A., Eerland, A., Elbaek, C. T., Farahmand, S., Farahmand, H., Farias, M., Feliccia, A. A., Fischer, K., Fischer, R., Fisher-Thompson, D., Francis, Z., Frick, S., Frisch, L. K., Geraldes, D., Gerdin, E., Geven, L., Ghasemi, O., Gielens, E., Gligorić, V., Hagel, K., Hajdu, N., Hamilton, H. R., Hamzah, I., Hanel, P. H. P., Hawk, C. E., K. Himawan, K., Holding, B. C., Homman, L. E., Ingendahl, M., Inkilä, H., Inman, M. L., Islam, C. G., Isler, O., Izydorczyk, D., Jaeger, B., Johnson, K. A., Jong, J., Karl, J. A., Kaszubowski, E., Katz, B. A., Keefer, L. A., Kelchtermans, S., Kelly, J. M., Klein, R. A., Kleinberg, B., Knowles, M. L., Kołczyńska, M., Koller, D., Krasko, J., Kritzler, S., Krypotos, A. M., Kyritsis, T., L. Landes, T., Laukenmann, R., Forsyth, G. A. L., Lazar, A., Lehman, B. J., Levy, N., Lo, R. F., Lodder, P., Lorenz, J., Łowicki, P., Ly, A. L., Maassen, E., Magyar-Russell, G. M., Maier, M., Marsh, D. R., Martinez, N., Martinie, M., Martoyo, I., Mason, S. E., Mauritsen, A. L., McAleer, P., McCauley, T., McCullough, M., McKay, R., McMahon, C. M., McNamara, A. A., Means, K. K., Mercier, B., Mitkidis, P., Monin, B., Moon, J. W., Moreau, D., Morgan, J., Murphy, J., Muscatt, G., Nägel, C., Nagy, T., Nalborczyk, L., Nilsonne, G., Noack, P., Norenzayan, A., Nuijten, M. B., Olsson-Collentine, A., Oviedo, L., Pavlov, Y. G., Pawelski, J. O., Pearson, H. I., Pedder, H., Peetz, H. K., Pinus, M., Pirutinsky, S., Polito, V., Porubanova, M., Poulin, M. J., Prenoveau, J. M., Prince, M. A., Protzko, J., Pryor, C., Purzycki, B. G., Qiu, L., Pütter, J. Q., Rabelo, A., Radell, M. L., Ramsay, J. E., Reid, G., J. Roberts, A., Luna, L. M. R., Ross, R. M., Roszak, P., Roy, N., Saarelainen, S. M. K., Sasaki, J. Y., Schaumans, C., Schivinski, B., Schmitt, M. C., Schnitker, S. A., Schnuerch, M., Schreiner, M. R., Schüttengruber, V., Sebben, S., Segerstrom, S. C., Seryczyńska, B., Shjoedt, U., Simsek, M., Sleegers, W. W. A., Smith, E. R., Sowden, W. J., Späth, M., Spörlein, C., Stedden, W., Stoevenbelt, A. H., Stuber, S., Sulik, J., Suwartono, C., Syropoulos, S., Szaszi, B., Szecsi, P., Tappin, B. M., Tay, L., Thibault, R. T., Thompson, B., Thurn, C. M., Torralba, J., Tuthill, S. D., Ullein, A. M., Van Aert, R. C. M., van Assen, M. A. L. M., Van Cappellen, P., van den Akker, O. R., Van der Cruyssen, I., Van der Noll, J., van Dongen, N. N. N., Van Lissa, C. J., van Mulukom, V., van Ravenzwaaij, D., van Zyl, C. J. J., Ann Vaughn, L., Većkalov, B., Verschuere, B., Vianello, M., Vilanova, F., Vishkin, A., Vogel, V., Vogelsmeier, L. V. D. E., Watanabe, S., White, C. J. M., Wiebels, K., Wiechert, S., Willett, Z. Z., Witkowiak, M., Witvliet, C. V. O., Wiwad, D., Wuyts, R., Xygalatas, D., Yang, X., Yeo, D. J., Yilmaz, O., Zarzeczna, N., Zhao, Y., Zijlmans, J., van Elk, M. & Wagenmakers, E. J., 6 Jul 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Religion, Brain and Behavior. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 50 p.

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  • Exploring the Relationship Between Church Worship, Social Bonding, and Moral Values

    Brown, J., van Mulukom, V., Jong, J., Watts, F. & Farias, M., Mar 2022, In: Archive for the Psychology of Religion. 44, 1, p. 3-22 20 p.

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  • Religiosity differently influences moral attitude for robots in the US and Japan

    Ikari, S., Sato, K., Burdett, E., Ishiguro, H., Jong, J. & Nakawake, Y., 15 Jan 2022, 73 p.

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  • Resolving religious debates through a multiverse approach

    Krypotos, A-M., Klein, R. A. & Jong, J., 18 Feb 2022, 8 p.

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  • The development of the Religious Health Interventions in Behavioural Science (RHIBS) Taxonomy: a scientific classification of religious practices in health

    Patel, R., Jong, J., Worthington, E. L. & Lycett, D., 25 Aug 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Translational Behavioral Medicine. (In-press), p. (In-press) 17 p.

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