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

External positions

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


Managing Editor, The Religious Studies Project

2015 → …

Assistant Editor, Secularism & Nonreligion journal

Jul 2014 → …


  • 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 2013 2018

Religious beliefs

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

Self Concept

Secularism in Turkey

Sevinc, K., Hood, R. W. & Coleman III, T. J. 2017 The Oxford Handbook of Secularism . Zuckerman, P. & Shook, J. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


James W. Jones: Can Science Explain Religion?—The Cognitive Science Debate

Coleman III, T. J. 8 Jun 2016 In : Review of Religous Research . 58, 3, p. 459–461 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Religion and Science
Cognitive Science

Activities 2014 2015

  • 2 Editorial activity

The Religious Studies Project (Publisher)

Coleman III, T. (Editor)
2015 → …

Activity: Editorial activity

Secularism and Nonreligion (Journal)

Coleman III, T. (Editorial Board Member)
2014 → …

Activity: Editorial activity