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Master of Science (MS)
Psychology (Arts and Sciences)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Isaac Prilleltensky - Committee Co-Chair
Second Committee Member
Amy Weisman de Mamani - Committee Co-Chair
Third Committee Member
Daryl Greenfield - Committee Member
This project evaluated the effect of religious symbols on self-control and self-monitoring. Based on psychological priming research and evidence demonstrating a correlation between religious conviction and self-control, it was hypothesized that exposure to subtle religious primes would increase self-control and self-monitoring. Assuming religious primes increased both variables, it was also hypothesized that self-monitoring would mediate the effect of the religious primes on self-control. In line with study hypotheses, exposure to religious primes did increase self-control, however no support was found for the effect of the religious primes on self-monitoring. As a result, a mediational model could not be tested. Study implications and directions for future research are discussed.
Well-being; Health; Self-regulation; Religion; Religiosity
Blake, Adam, "The Effects of Religious Symbols on Self-Control, Self-Monitoring, and Religious Conviction" (2010). Open Access Theses. 13.