Personal profile

Research Interests

My current research explores the enduring psychological connections between religion, nonreligion, and the capacity for imagination. While the theoretical aspects of this relationship are wont, empirical investigation is lacking. Rather than assume religious and nonreligious representations exist as psychologically distinct phenomena within the imagination, I’m utilizing the most current evolutionary thinking and cognitive science to test this assumption. Therefore, my approach breaks down the cultural dichotomies that exist between things typically deemed religious (e.g., Jesus, prayer, synagogue attendance) and nonreligious (e.g., Harry Potter, Cosplay, video gaming). Moreover, my research will uncover how proximal or distal the psychological consequences of engagement with a wide range of imaginative agents and worlds are from each other.

Education / Academic qualification

MSc, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Graduate Student Co-Representative , American Psychological Association Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Division 36

20152018

Managing Editor, The Religious Studies Project

2015 → …

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • psychology of religion
  • cognitive science
  • cognitive science of religion
  • BL Religion
  • nonreligion
  • atheism
  • nonbelief
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • pragmatism
  • philosophy of mind
  • HM Sociology
  • secularization
  • GN Anthropology
  • cognitive anthropology

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Research Output 2015 2017

Death, quest, and self-esteem: re-examining the role of self-esteem and religion following mortality salience

Arrowood, R. B., Coleman III, T., Swanson, S. B., Hood, R. W. & Cox, C. R. 15 Mar 2017 In : Religion, Brain & Behavior. (in press), p. (in press) 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Narrative Reconstruction and Content AnalysisContent Analysis in the Interpretation of “Spiritual” Biographical Trajectories for Case Studies

Keller, B., Coleman III, T. J. & Silver, C. F. 2016 Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality: A Cross-Cultural Analysis. Streib, H. & Hood, Jr., R. W. (eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, p. 251-271 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

“Experimenting with Ideologies…”—A “More Spiritual Than Religious” Zen Buddhist

Coleman III, T., Swhajor-Biesemann, A., Giamundo, D., Vance, C., Hood, R. W. & Silver, C. F. 2016 Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality: A Cross-Cultural Analysis. Streib, H. & Hood, Jr., R. W. (eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, p. 339-353 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

“Spirituality” and Mysticism

Klein, C., Silver, C. F., Streib, H., Hood, R. W. & Coleman III, T. J. 2016 Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality: A Cross-Cultural Analysis. Streib, H. & Hood, Jr., R. W. (eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, p. 165-187 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

“…if the Universe Is Beautiful, We’re Part of that Beauty.”—A “Neither Religious nor Spiritual” Biography as Horizontal Transcendence

Coleman III, T. J., Silver, C. F. & Hood, R. W. 2016 Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality: A Cross-Cultural Analysis. Streib, H. & Hood, Jr., R. W. (eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, p. 355-372 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2014 2014

  • 1 Editorial activity

Secularism and Nonreligion

Tommy Coleman III (Editorial Board Member), 2014 → …

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity