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 Bloomsbury, Amazon, and elsewhere.
- Jong, J., & Halberstadt, J. (2016). 'Death anxiety and religious belief'. London, UK: Bloomsbury.
- Jong, J., Whitehouse, H., Kavanagh, C., & Lane, J. (2015). Shared trauma leads to identity fusion via personal reflection. PLoS One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145611
- Jackson, J., Halberstadt, J., Jong, J., & Felman, H. (2015). 'Perceived openness to experience accounts for religious homogamy'.Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 630—638.
- Jong, J. (2014). 'Ernest Becker’s psychology of religion: a view from social cognitive psychology'.Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 49, 875—889.
- Halberstadt, J., & Jong, J. (2014). Scaring the bejesus into people: the role of religious belief in managing implicit and explicit anxiety. In J. Forgas and E. Harmon-Jones (Eds.), Motivation and its regulation: the control within (331—350). New York, NY: Psychology Press.
- Jong, J. (2013). 'On faith and the fear of fatality: a review of recent research on death and deities'.Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 1, 193—214.
- Jong, J., Bluemke, M., & Halberstadt, J. (2013). 'Fear of death and supernatural beliefs: developing a new Supernatural Belief Scale to test the relationship'.European Journal of Personality, 27, 495—506.
- Jong, J. (2013). Implicit measures in the experimental psychology of religion. In G. Dawes, & J. Maclaurin. A new science of religion (pp. 65—78). New York, NY: Routledge.
- Jong, J. & Halberstadt, J., Bluemke, M. (2012). Foxhole atheism, revisited: The effects of mortality salience on explicit and implicit religious belief. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 983—989.
- 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.