Personal profile

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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Mental Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Meditation Medicine & Life Sciences
Mindfulness Medicine & Life Sciences
Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
Religion Medicine & Life Sciences
Anxiety Medicine & Life Sciences
Yoga Medicine & Life Sciences
New Age Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2005 2017

How to tell a happy from an unhappy schizotype: Personality factors and mental health outcomes in individuals with psychotic experiences

Alminhana, L. O., Farias, M., Claridge, G., Cloninger, C. R. & Moreira-Almeida, A. 2017 In : Revista Braslileira de Psiquiatria. 39, 2, p. 126-132 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Personality
Mental Health
Equipment and Supplies
Personality Tests
Temperament

Self-Directedness Predicts Quality of Life in Individuals with Psychotic Experiences: A 1-Year Follow-Up Study

Alminhana, L. O., Farias, M., Claridge, G., Cloninger, C. R. & Moreira-Almeida, A. 2017 In : Psychopathology. 50, 4, p. 239-245 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quality of Life
Psychology
Anhedonia
Temperament
Brazil

Supernatural Belief Is Not Modulated by Intuitive Thinking Style or Cognitive Inhibition.

Farias, M., van Mulukom, V., Kahane, G., Kreplin, U., Joyce, A., Soares, P., Oviedo, L., Hernu, M., Rokita, K., Savulescu, J. & Möttönen, R. 8 Nov 2017 In : Scientific Reports. 7, 15100

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Supernatural
God
Pilgrimage
Hypothesis test
Experiment

What Is the Molecular Signature of Mind-Body Interventions?: A Systematic Review of Gene Expression Changes Induced by Meditation and Related Practices

Buric, I., Farias, M., Jong, J., Mee, C. & Brazil, I. A. 16 Jun 2017 In : Frontiers in Immunology. 8, JUN, 17 p., 670

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
File
Meditation
Gene Expression
Qigong
Tai Ji
Yoga

Biclustering Models for Two-Mode Ordinal Data

Matechou, E., Liu, I., Fernandez, D., Farias, M. & Gjelsvik, B. Sep 2016 In : Psychometrika. 81, 3, p. 611-624

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Model
Datasets
Biclustering
Finite mixture models
Ordinal data

Activities 2014 2015

  • 4 Participation in conference

Psychology of Religion Biannual Conference

Farias, M. (Speaker)
9 Nov 201512 Nov 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

5th symposium on the Structure of Creditions

Farias, M. (Speaker)
21 Oct 201523 Oct 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Battle of Ideas

Farias, M. (Speaker)
17 Oct 201518 Oct 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

7th Francophone Conference in Medicine and Spirituality

Farias, M. (Keynote Speaker)
18 Oct 201419 Oct 2014

Activity: Participation 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