• 795 Citations
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20052020

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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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Research Output

  • Blocking mu-opioid receptors inhibits social bonding in rituals

    Charles, S. J., Farias, M., van Mulukom, V., Saraswati, A., Watts, F., Dein, S. & Dunbar, R., 2020, (Submitted) In : Psychological Science.

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    Religious Rituals Increase Social Bonding and Pain Threshold

    Charles, S. J., van Mulukom, V., Farias, M., Brown, J., Delmonte, R., Maraldi, E., Turner, L., Watts, F., Watts, J. & Dunbar, R., 2020, (Submitted) In : Scientific Reports.

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    Atheists on the Santiago way

    Farias, M., Coleman III, T. J., Bartlett, J. E., Oviedo, L., Soares, P., Santos, T. & del Carmen Bas, M., 2019, In : Sociology of Religion. 80, 1, p. 28–44 17 p.

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  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 5 Participation in conference

    2019 International Society for Science and Religion

    Sarah Jane Charles (Speaker), Miguel Farias (Speaker)
    23 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    5th symposium on the Structure of Creditions

    Miguel Farias (Speaker)
    21 Oct 201523 Oct 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Battle of Ideas

    Miguel Farias (Speaker)
    17 Oct 201518 Oct 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Psychology of Religion Biannual Conference

    Miguel Farias (Speaker)
    9 Nov 201512 Nov 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    7th Francophone Conference in Medicine and Spirituality

    Miguel Farias (Keynote Speaker)
    18 Oct 201419 Oct 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Prizes

    William Bier Award from the American Psychological Association

    Miguel Farias (Recipient), 1 Mar 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Press / Media

    Why do people believe in God?

    Miguel Farias

    9/11/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research