Mating Competitors Increase Religious Beliefs.

  title={Mating Competitors Increase Religious Beliefs.},
  author={Yexin Jessica Li and Adam B. Cohen and Jason Weeden and Douglas T. Kenrick},
  journal={Journal of experimental social psychology},
  volume={46 2},
It has been presumed that religiosity has an influence on mating behavior, but here we experimentally investigate the possibility that mating behavior might also influence religiosity. In Experiment 1, people reported higher religiosity after looking at mating pools consisting of attractive people of their own sex compared to attractive opposite sex targets. Experiment 2 replicated the effect with an added control group, and suggested that both men and women become more religious when seeing… CONTINUE READING
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