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Religion and Science: Seeking Meaning in High and Low Construal Levels

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Religion and Science: Seeking Meaning in High and Low Construal Levels
author
Martin, Stephen Ross
abstract
The purpose of the two studies is to investigate how meaning-making motivations interact with construal level to influence the endorsement of science and religion. Past studies suggest that religious endorsement is greater when high construals are primed than when low construals are primed, and scientific endorsement is greater when low construals are primed than when high construals are primed. Both studies aimed to replicate these findings, explore the effect of meaning-making motivation on scientific and religious endorsement, and to compare these effects to a control group. Study 1 varied construal level and meaning-making motivation, and study 2 varied construal level and whether one could satiate the meaning-making motivation. Neither study revealed the expected effects, although both studies illuminate new areas of research. Reasons why the studies failed to replicate past findings are discussed, and future directions are proposed.
subject
construal
maintenance
meaning
religion
science
contributor
Masicampo, Emer J (committee chair)
Bardon, Adrian (committee member)
Jayawickreme, Eranda (committee member)
date
2014-07-10T08:35:37Z (accessioned)
2014-07-10T08:35:37Z (available)
2014 (issued)
degree
Psychology (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/39302 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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