Pinja Marin, University of Helsinki, Finland (Research Assistant)
Dates: 1 July 2017- 30 June 2019
The aim of this project is to identify and characterize different groups of unbelievers in Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands, and to elucidate with neurocognitive experiments the potential implicit beliefs and cognitions underlying the different unbelief profiles. The project has two main questions:
1. What kind of latent unbeliever groups can be found? We will conduct large online surveys in Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands. We will characterize the unbeliever groups in terms of their unbeliefs and beliefs, identifications (e.g., atheist, agnostic), strength of unbelief (e.g., extremity, certainty, ambivalence, and clarity of unbelief), and epistemic cognition (e.g., views of knowledge and beliefs about the categories of reality).
2. Do some unbeliever types endorse religious beliefs or ontological confusions implicitly? Based on the groups identified in the first part of the project, we propose to invite participants with theoretically interesting profiles to partake in EEG studies. By integrating our survey-based approach with neurocognitive measures, we will obtain unique insight in the relation between explicit and implicit beliefs that characterize religious unbelief.
The study, design, pre-tests and analysis plans and the behavioural data from this study will be published on Open Science Framework.
Further information about the project is also available on the Amsterdam Religion Cognition and Behavior Lab Website