Dr. Jonathan Jong

Jonathan Jong completed his doctorate at the Department of Psychology, University of Otago, New Zealand in 2012, specializing in the role of death anxiety in religious belief. He then joined the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, working on two large projects—Ritual, Community, and Conflict and Religion’s Impact on Human Life—on the social causes and consequences of religion and ritual. He came to Coventry University in 2015, and is Deputy Director of the Brain, Belief and Behaviour group at the Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement. His book, Death Anxiety and Religious Belief (with Jamin Halberstadt) is now available from BloomsburyAmazon, and elsewhere.

  • The causal role of religious belief in managing death anxiety and intergroup discrimination. In this three year study, we design experimental manipulations aimed at shifting religious beliefs, to examine the effects of such temporary changes on death anxiety and its downstream social psychological effects.
  • Toward an affective science of religion: the emotional causes and consequences of religious belief. In this two year project, we investigate the relationships among traumatic life events, religiosity, and affective disposition across 10 countries; and experimentally manipulate both state emotions and state religious belief, to examine the causal relationships between the two sets of variables.
  • Religion’s Impact on Human Life. In this three year project, we investigate the relationships social effects of ritual participation.
Coventry University ranked 15 in the UK
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year for student experience
QS Five Star Rating 2019
Coventry City of Culture 2021