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Kyle J. Messick, Lluis Oviedo, Jay R. Feierman, Igor Mikloušić, Justin E. Lane, Victoria Alogna, Jesse Bering, Evan Balkcom, Jamin Halberstadt,
Igor Mikloušić received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Zagreb, and is currently working as a postdoctoral research assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar in Zagreb. His research focuses on the evolution religion, personality and morality, focusing on the Big Five personality model and Moral foundation theory. More specifically, he is using the lexical approach to study dimension of personality, religiousness and morality. His other interest lies in evolutionary approaches to human mate choice.

Justin E. Lane received his DPhil from the University of Oxford’s Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology and is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Modeling Social Systems and the CTO at Prospectus Solutions AS. His research focuses on the use of computational methods and cognitive science to study the stability of social systems and cybernetics.  Specifically, he’s interested in how social and environmental ecologies contribute to violence, the stability and instability of social systems, political movements, and economic and demographic shifts.


How the Non-Religious View the Personality of God in Relation to Themselves

In this study we examined the applicability of personality measures to
assessing God representations, and we explored how the overlap between
personality judgments of self and God relate to strength of (dis)belief and
closeness to God among atheists and agnostics. Using sample of 1,088
atheists/agnostics, we applied Goldberg’s Big Five bipolar markers as a
standardized measure of personality dimensions, along with measures of
identity fusion with God, belief strength, and sociosexuality, as this trait has
been shown to be relevant in predicting religiosity. Our study revealed that
personality measures can be used for research on the personality of
supernatural agents. We also found that personality self-assessments were
related to the assessments of God personality. Agreeableness was positively
related to the perception of emotional stability of God, while conscientiousness
and surgency were negatively related to perceived intellect and surgency of
god, respectively. Also, intellect of the participants was related negatively to
perceptions of God’s emotional stability and intellect. Perceived distance
between the assessment of one's own personality and the personality of God
predicted the strength of (dis)belief, thus opening new interpretations into
possible sources of belief and disbelief. Finally, echoing previous studies, we
found that conscientiousness of God had a negative effect on SOI-R score.


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