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Implicit influences of Christian religious representations on dictator and prisoner’s dilemma game decisions
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1798-8284
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
2011 (English)In: The Journal of Socio-Economics, ISSN 1053-5357, Vol. 40, no 3, 242-246 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We investigate how implicit influences of Christian religious representations affect prosociality. We examine the direct impact of religion as an independent variable on prosocial behavior. We do so by priming participants with religious words in a scrambled sentence task before they make a dictator game and a prisoner's dilemma game decision. Priming religious words significantly increased prosocial behavior in both games: participants in the treatment group were more generous and cooperative than participants in the control group. The priming effect was present regardless of participants’ self-reported religiosity. Self-reported religiosity was not correlated with generosity or cooperation.

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Elsevier, 2011. Vol. 40, no 3, 242-246 p.
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Religion, Priming, Dictator game, Prisoner's dilemma game
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88038DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2010.12.013OAI: diva2:601395
Available from: 2013-01-29 Created: 2013-01-29 Last updated: 2015-03-06

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