Meta-analysis: Mentalizing and Religiosity


Dear colleagues,

We invite you to contribute to a meta-analysis on the relationship between mentalizing tendencies and abilities (broadly construed: e.g., cognitive/affective theory of mind, empathy, agency detection, anthropomorphism) and religiosity. If you have or are aware of published or unpublished data that attempt to correlate mentalizing with religiosity (broadly defined) please contact us.

A close relationship between mentalizing and religiosity is a theoretical mainstay of the cognitive and psychological study of religion (Barrett, 2004; Coleman & Hood, 2015; McCauley, 2011). To date, empirical tests of this relationship have utilized various methodologies (e.g., fMRI, self-report, experimental manipulation) and clinical and psychometric measures (e.g., Empathizing Quotient, Reading the Mind in the Eyes, Interpersonal Reactivity Index). These have often yielded mixed results for the importance of mentalizing to religiosity (e.g., Norenzayan et al., 2012; Reddish et al., 2016). We therefore aim to assess the state of the empirical evidence by quantifying the diversity and magnitude of any relationships between these two clusters of variables.

If you have or are aware of any potentially relevant published or unpublished studies that don't already appear on this list then we would greatly appreciate it if you could contact Thomas Coleman at

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Many thanks in advance for your assistance.



Thomas J. Coleman III

Jonathan Jong

Tristan Philip

Valerie van Mulukom

Miguel Farias