The Origin and Evolution of Religious Prosociality

@article{Norenzayan2008TheOA,
  title={The Origin and Evolution of Religious Prosociality},
  author={Ara Norenzayan and Azim F. Shariff},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={322},
  pages={58 - 62}
}
We examine empirical evidence for religious prosociality, the hypothesis that religions facilitate costly behaviors that benefit other people. Although sociological surveys reveal an association between self-reports of religiosity and prosociality, experiments measuring religiosity and actual prosocial behavior suggest that this association emerges primarily in contexts where reputational concerns are heightened. Experimentally induced religious thoughts reduce rates of cheating and increase… 

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