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The Effect of Supernatural Priming on Cheating Behaviour

College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University; Singapore Campus, 149 Sims Drive, Singapore 387380, Singapore
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Religions 2020, 11(6), 315; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060315
Received: 24 April 2020 / Revised: 11 June 2020 / Accepted: 19 June 2020 / Published: 26 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in the Psychology of Eastern Religions)
Research has shown that the mental activation of concepts related to supernatural agents (e.g., God, ghost) is capable of altering one’s moral behaviours. Based on the supernatural monitoring hypothesis, two experiments were conducted to investigate the impact of priming on cheating behaviour using undergraduate participants from Singapore. The results of the first experiment showed that participants who were primed with the concepts of God and ghost via a word-scramble task cheated less in a mathematical task than participants exposed to neutral primes. The second experiment showed that the activation of God and ghost concepts via a supraliminal priming method reduced the participants’ cheating in a riddle game, even when the participants were informed that they would be rewarded monetarily for correctly answering the riddles. The results suggested that the mental activation of supernatural agents could reduce cheating behaviour regardless of the presence or absence of explicit belief in supernatural agents. View Full-Text
Keywords: explicit supernatural belief; religious priming; cheating behaviour; religiosity explicit supernatural belief; religious priming; cheating behaviour; religiosity
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Lin, P.K.F.; Suárez, L. The Effect of Supernatural Priming on Cheating Behaviour. Religions 2020, 11, 315. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060315

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Lin PKF, Suárez L. The Effect of Supernatural Priming on Cheating Behaviour. Religions. 2020; 11(6):315. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060315

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Lin, Patrick K.F., and Lidia Suárez. 2020. "The Effect of Supernatural Priming on Cheating Behaviour" Religions 11, no. 6: 315. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060315

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