Miguel Farias

Dr, Experimental Psychology

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    20052022

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    Biography

    I began my academic career at the University of Lisbon, where I studied psychology and psychotherapy, before moving to Oxford to do my doctorate with Dr Mansur Lalljee and Prof Gordon Claridge. Following my DPhil, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Ian Ramsey Centre in Oxford, a research associate at the Psychology of Religion Group in Cambridge, and a lecturer at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. In 2014, I joined Coventry University to lead the Brain, Belief and Behaviour research group. With philosophers and neuroscientists, I have pioneered research on the analgesic effects of religious beliefs and the stress-buffering effects of science beliefs. I have led the first randomized-controlled trial on the effects of yoga and meditation in prison and have recently co-written a book that examines the science and myths about the effects of these practices — The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You? Read an extract here.

    Research Interests

    Social cognition; Psychology of belief; Personality and mental health

    Vision Statement

    My primary research explores the biological roots and psychological impact of beliefs and spiritual practices, including meditation. I use a combination of experimental methods from social and biological psychology, personality theory, and cognitive neurosciences. I am currently writing about the effects of meditation and conducting new research on the modification of beliefs.

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    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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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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    • Bending and Bonding: A randomized controlled trial on the socio-psychobiological effects of spiritual versus secular yoga practice on social bonding

      Charles, S., van Mulukom, V., Saraswati, A., Watts, F., Dunbar, R. I. M. & Farias, M., 19 Nov 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Current Psychology. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

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    • DEBATE: The inevitable decline of mindfulness

      Farias, M., Nov 2022, In: Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 27, 4, p. 422-423 2 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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    • Individual differences in meditation interventions: A meta-analytic study

      Buric, I., Farias, M., Driessen, J. M. A. & Brazil, I. A., Sep 2022, In: British Journal of Health Psychology. 27, 3, p. 1043-1076 34 p.

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