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ed. by V Saroglou & AB Cohen, COPsy special issue, 2021, vol. 40     Contents

   A collection of 30 succinct articles (including new meta-analyses) authored by 55 experts, reviewing the very recent research on religiousness: its biological and cultural antecedents; diverse psychological functions; variety of forms and related individual differences; cognitive, emotional, moral, and social outcomes; cultural and developmental influences; and specific religious phenomena. Examples of original topics: genetic influences, East-West differences, radicalization, deconversion, environmental concerns, emotion regulation, self-enhancement motives, food practices, deontology vs. consequentialism, sexism, ...
  See the Editorial and list of Contents and Authors.

Psychology of Religion Book Vassilis Sar

Routledge, 2021    Chapters abstracts 

   Vassilis Saroglou wrote a wonderful book ... meticulously constructed with no bias or agenda – the best in scholarship, as we have come to expect from one of the most respected researchers in this area in this generation. Raymond Paloutzian, past Editor, IJPR

   Saroglou offers a master class in how to navigate this rich and variegated body of research. His overview is measured, balanced, and eminently readable. A trustworthy guide for experts and novices alike. Paul Harris, Harvard University

   This is a remarkable treatise of religion and religiosity ... written in an accessible and engaging style by one of the foremost authorities on the subject. Constantine Sedikides, University of Southampton

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(ed. by)     Psychology Press, 2014      Contents

     Reading this impressive synopsis of new scholarship on the social and personality psychology of religion, I said to myself: This is a terrific, state-of-the-art resource. David G. Myers, Ph.D., Hope College

     An important and timely subject for serious and sustained consideration by behavioral and cognitive scientists. A vital addition to the literature. Summing Up: Essential.  Randolph R. Cornelius, Vassar College, CHOICE: Current reviews for academic libraries, May 2014 
     Psychologically speaking, religion is a very complex phenomenon. This work does not evade such complexity, but partly explains it. Any researcher in the domain of religion could benefit from this volume. Joke Van Saane, VU University Amsterdam, in JET, June 2015


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(dir. par)     De Boeck Supérieur, 2015     Contents

     L’ouvrage collectif que coordonne aujourd’hui Vassilis Saroglou, assurément l’un de meilleurs spécialistes contemporains, témoigne des avancées scientifiques internationales considérables d’un champ en plein essor. Laurent Bègue, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Préface,

     Loin des thèses globalisantes et flirtant parfois avec le fantasme, l’ouvrage dirigé par Vassilis Saroglou s’emploie à décortiquer notre rapport à la religion sous un angle psychologique.  Maxime Morsa, journaliste scientifique, Le Cercle Psy, n° 22, 2016


by V Saroglou, L.-L Christians, S Casalfiore, & C Buxant   Academia Press, 2005

Book report on the results of a BELSPO research project on socially contested new religious movements. Interdisciplinary work between psychology and law.

See a short report on the same project results, in EN and FR

Spiritual fatherhood and psychoanalysis

Rodopi, 2001 (now Brill)      Contents


Psychodynamic interpretation of spiritual fatherhood, based on early monastic writings
     The author, by employing psychoanalytic theory to interpret Climacus' ancient insights into monastic paternity, enhances our contemporary understanding of spiritual direction, monastic and otherwise.  C. Kevin Gillepsie, Loyola College in Maryland, in Theological Studies, 64(2), 2003.

     His work is an important resource for theorists who desire a transatlantic perspective on this subject. His scholarship is superb.  Leona Stucky-Abbott, in Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 56(2), 2002.

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ed. by V Saroglou & D Hutsebaut     L'Harmattan, 2001     Contents


Downloading a paper's pdf is for personal use only and should not be used for public distribution in any way that violates copyright law. The articles on this website were published by journals and thus copyrighted to them. A one-year embargo (preprint) on the printed version is respected. For conference papers, see here.

since 2021

2024 and in press

Karim, M., & Saroglou, V. (2024). “I am agnostic, not atheist”: The role of open-minded, prosocial, and believing dispositions. Self and Identity. Advance online publication.

Giacomin, O., Gundolf, K., Shinnar, R. S., Janssen, F., & Saroglou, V. (in press). Religiosity and ethical business behavior: A study on differences between Catholic and Protestant students. Management International.

Saroglou, V. (2024). Humorless or humor-friendly religion? Psychological theory and research. In T. E. Ford, W. Chlopicki, & G. Kuipers (Eds.), De Gruyter handbook of humor studies (pp. 563-581). Berlin: De Gruyter.

Saroglou, V. (in press). Religion, spiritualité, athéisme. In L. Bègue (Ed.), Traité de psychologie sociale : La science des interactions humaines (2e éd.). Bruxelles : De Boeck Supérieur.


Saroglou, V. (2024). Existential Quest Scale (EQS). In O. N. Medneved, C. U. Krägeloh, R. E. Siegert, & N. N. Singh (Eds.), Handbook of assessment in mindfulness research. Springer.


Prade, C., & Saroglou, V. (2023). Awe and social conformity: Awe promotes the endorsement of social norms and conformity to the majority opinion. Emotion, 23(7), 2100-2104.


Karim, M., & Saroglou, V. (2023). Being agnostic, not atheist: Personality, cognitive, and ideological differences. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 15(1), 118-127.

Saroglou, V. (2023). Sameness, adaptation, or change? Understanding the specifics and limits of religious change. In H.-P. Grosshans (Ed.), Religion and change (pp. 39-62). Berlin-Boston: De Gruyter (European Academy of Religion Lectures, vol. 4).

Prade, C., & Saroglou, V. (2023). Le fondamentalisme religieux [Religious fundamentalism]. In T. Arciszewski (Ed.), Psychologie de l’extrémisme et du terrorisme (pp. 79-93). Bruxelles: De Boeck.




Saroglou, V., Clobert, M., Cohen, A. B., Johnson, K. A., Ladd, K. L., Brandt, P.-Y., Murken, S., Muñoz-García, A., Adamovova, L., Blogowska, J., Çukur, C. S., Hwang, K.-K., Miglietta, A., Motti-Stefanidi, F., Roussiau, N., & Tapia Valladares, J. (2022). Fundamentalism as dogmatic belief, moral rigorism, and strong groupness across cultures: Dimensionality, underlying components, and related interreligious prejudice. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 14(4), 558-571.

Biskas, M., Juhl, J., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., & Saroglou, V. (2022). Nostalgia and spirituality: The roles of self-continuity and meaning in life. Social Psychology, 53(3), 152-162.



Saroglou, V., & Craninx, M. (2021). Religious moral righteousness over care: A review and a meta-analysis. Current Opinion in Psychology, 40, 79-85. (See also Suppl Material)

Saroglou, V., & Cohen, A. B. (2021). Religiousness: Antecedents, functions, outcomes, and diversity. Current Opinion in Psychology, 40, v-x. (Editorial overview of the special issue)

Saroglou, V., & Cohen, A.-B. (Eds). (2021). Religion [special issue]. Current Opinion in Psychology, 40.

Uzarevic, F., Saroglou, V., & Muñoz-García, A. (2021). Are atheists unprejudiced? Forms of nonbelief and prejudice toward antiliberal and mainstream religious groups. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 13(1), 81-93.

Saroglou, V. (2021). Preface. In K. Gundolf & F. Janssen (Eds.), Entrepreneuriat, spiritualité et religion [Entrepreneurship, spirituality, and religion] (pp. 9-11). Louvain-la-Neuve: De Boeck.


Saroglou, V., Clobert, M., Cohen, A. B., Johnson, K. A., Ladd, K. L., Van Pachterbeke, M., Adamovova, L., Brandt, P.-Y., Çukur, C. S., Hwang, K.-K., Miglietta, A., Motti-Stefanidi, F., Muñoz-García, A., Murken, S., Roussiau, N., & Tapia Valladares, J. (2020). Believing, bonding, behaving, and belonging: The cognitive, emotional, moral, and social dimensions of religiousness across cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 51(7-8), 551-575.

See the items of and information on (including translations in 16 languages of) the 4BDRS - Four Basic Dimensions of Religiousness Scale

Uzarevic, F., Saroglou, V., & Pichon, I. (2020). Rejecting opposite ideologies without discriminating against ideological opponents? Understanding nonbelievers’ outgroup attitudes. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 42(1), 62-77.

Uzarevic, F., & Saroglou, V. (2020). Understanding nonbelievers’ prejudice toward ideological opponents: The role of self-expression values and other-oriented dispositions. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 30(3), 161-177.

Saroglou, V., Karim, M., & Day, J. M. (2020). Personality and values of deconverts: A function of current nonbelief or prior religious socialization? Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 23(2), 139-152.



Haggard, M. C., Kaelen, R., Saroglou, V., Klein, O., & Rowatt, W. C. (2019). Religion’s role in the illusion of gender equality: Supraliminal and subliminal religious priming increases benevolent sexism. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 11(4), 392-398.

Saroglou, V. (2019). Religion and related morality across cultures. In D. Matsumoto & H. C. Hwang (Eds.), The Handbook of culture and psychology (2nd ed., pp. 724-785). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Rigo, C., & Saroglou, V. (2018). Religiosity and sexual behavior: Tense relationships and underlying affects and cognitions in samples of Christian and Muslim tradition. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 40(2-3), 176-201.

van der Noll, J., Rohmann, A., & Saroglou, V. (2018). Societal level of religiosity and religious identity expression in Europe. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(6), 959-975.

van der Noll, J., Saroglou, V., Latour, D., & Dolezal, N. (2018). Western anti-Muslim prejudice: Value conflict or discrimination of persons too? Political Psychology, 39(2), 281-301.



Uzarevic, F., Saroglou, V., & Clobert, M. (2017). Are atheists undogmatic? Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 164-170.

Van Cappellen, P., Fredrickson, B. L., Saroglou, V., & Corneille, O. (2017). Religiosity and the motivation for social affiliation. Personality and Individual Differences, 113, 24-31.

Deak, C., & Saroglou, V. (2017). Terminating a child’s life? Religious, moral, cognitive, and emotional factors underlying non-acceptance of child euthanasia. Psychologica Belgica, 57(1), 59-67.


Saroglou, V. (2017). Culture, personality, and religiosity. In A. T. Church (Ed.), The Praeger Handbook of personality across cultures (Vol. 2, pp. 153-184). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.


Saroglou, V. (2017). Religion. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. New York, NY: Springer.

Clobert, M., Saroglou, V., & Hwang, K.-K. (2017). East Asian religious tolerance versus Western monotheist prejudice: The role of (in)tolerance of contradiction. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 20(2), 216-232.



Deak, C., & Saroglou, V. (2016). Valuing care protects religiosity from the antisocial consequences of impersonal deontology. Journal of Empirical Theology, 29(2), 171-189.


Saroglou, V. (2016). Intergroup conflict, religious fundamentalism, and culture. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47(1), 33-41.


Prade, C., & Saroglou, V. (2016). Awe’s effects on generosity and helping. Journal of Positive Psychology, 11(5), 522-530.


Van Cappellen, P., Saroglou, V., & Toth-Gauthier, M. (2016). Religiosity and prosocial behavior among churchgoers: Exploring underlying mechanisms. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 26(1), 19-30.


Van Cappellen, P., Toth-Gauthier, M. Saroglou, V., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2016). Religion and well-being: The mediating role of positive emotions. Journal of Happiness Studies, 17(2), 485-505.


Rigo, C., Uzarevic, F., & Saroglou, V. (2016). Make love and lose your religion and virtue: Recalling sexual experience undermines spiritual intentions and moral behavior. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 55(1), 23-39.


Clobert, M., Saroglou, V., Hwang, K.-K., & Soong, W.-L. (2016). Outgroup attitudes as a function of East Asian religiousness: Marked by high or low prejudice? In C. Roland-Lévy, P. Denoux, B. Voyer, P. Boski, & W. K. Gabrenya Jr. (Eds.), Unity, diversity, and culture (pp. 272-277). Melbourne, FL: International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Ferguson, J. M., Boer, D., Fischer, R., Hanke, K., Ferreira, M. C., Gouveia, V. V., Tekman, H. G., Chang, A., Pilati, R., Bond, M. H., Adams, B. G., de Garay Hermández, J., González Atilano, M. L., Moreno García, L. I., Clobert, M., Prade, C., Saroglou, V., & Zenker, M. (2016). Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights!”: The Jamaicanization of youth across 11 countries through reggae music? Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47(4), 581-604.

Saroglou, V. (2016). Psychologie de la religion. Encyclopedia Universalis (online).

Saroglou, V. (2016). Psychologie du fondamentalisme. Encyclopedia Universalis (online).




Deak, C., & Saroglou, V. (2015). Opposing abortion, gay adoption, euthanasia, and suicide: Compassionate openness or self-centered moral rigorism? Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 37(3), 267-294.


Clobert, M., Saroglou, V., & Hwang, K.-K. (2015). Buddhist concepts as implicitly reducing prejudice and increasing prosociality. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(4), 513-525.


Clobert, M., Saroglou, V., & Van Pachterbeke, M. (2015). Who turns to acupuncture? The role of mistrust of rationality and individualist success. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21(8), 466-471.


Clobert, M., & Saroglou, V. (2015). Religion, paranormal beliefs, and distrust in science: Comparing East versus West. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 37(2), 185-199.


van der Noll, J., & Saroglou, V. (2015). Anti-Islam or anti-religion? Understanding objection against Islamic education. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(2), 219-238.


Saroglou, V. (2015). Personality and religion. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), J. W. Berry (Area Ed.), & R. D. Roberts (Section Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed., Vol. 17, pp. 801-808). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier.


Saroglou, V. (2015). Psychologie de l’autorité religieuse et fonctionnement de la synodalité. Θεολογία, 86, 61-81.



Clobert, M., Saroglou, V., Hwang, K.-K., & Soong, W.-L. (2014). East Asian religious tolerance: A myth or a reality? Empirical investigations of religious prejudice in East Asian societies. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45(10), 1515-1533.


Paloutzian, R. F., & Saroglou, V. (2014). Editors' note. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24(4), 261-262.


Saroglou, V. (2014). Circoncision: Rite d’affiliation ou de domination? In R. Burnet & D. Luciani (Eds.), La circoncision aujourd’hui (pp. 103-129). Paris: Editions Feuille.


Saroglou, V. (2014). Introduction: Studying religion in personality and social psychology. In V. Saroglou (Ed.), Religion, personality, and social behavior  (pp. 1-28). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Translated in French: Saroglou, V. (2015). Introduction: L’étude de la religion en psychologie sociale et de la personnalité. Dans V. Saroglou (dir.), Psychologie de la religion: De la théorie au laboratoire (trad. R. Kaelen) (pp. 11-33). Louvain-la-Neuve: De Boeck Supérieur.

Saroglou, V. (2014). Conclusion: Understanding religion and irreligion. In V. Saroglou (Ed.), Religion, personality, and social behavior  (pp. 361-391). New York, NY: Psychology Press.


Translated in French: Saroglou, V. (2015). Conclusion: Comprendre la religion et l’irreligion. Dans V. Saroglou (dir.), Psychologie de la religion: De la théorie au laboratoire (trad. R. Kaelen) (pp. 301-325). Louvain-la-Neuve: De Boeck Supérieur.

Saroglou, V. (2014). Religion. In S. Attardo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies (Vol. 2, pp. 636-641). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.



Blogowska, J., Saroglou, V., & Lambert, C. (2013). Religious prosociality and aggression: It's real. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 52(3), 524-536.


Van Cappellen, P., Saroglou, V., Iweins, C., Piovesana, M., & Fredrickson, B. (2013). Self-transcendent positive emotions increase spirituality through basic world assumptions. Cognition and Emotion, 27(8), 1378-1394.


Saroglou, V. (2013). Religion. In L. Bègue & O. Desrichard (Eds.), Traité de psychologie sociale: La science des interactions humaines (pp. 585-616). Bruxelles: De Boeck.


Clobert, M., & Saroglou, V. (2013). Intercultural non-conscious influences: Prosocial effects of Buddhist priming on Westerners of Christian tradition. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 37(4), 459-466.


Blogowska, J., & Saroglou, V. (2013). For better or worse: Fundamentalists’ attitudes towards outgroups as a function of exposure to authoritative religious texts. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 23(2), 103-125.


Saroglou, V., & Cohen, A. B. (2013). Cultural and cross-cultural psychology of religion. In R. F. Paloutzian & C. L. Park (Eds.), Handbook of the psychology of religion and spirituality (2nd ed., pp. 330-353). New York: Guilford Press.


Translated in French: Saroglou, V., & Cohen, A. B. (2015). Psychologie culturelle et interculturelle de la religion. Dans V. Saroglou (dir.), Psychologie de la religion: De la théorie au laboratoire (trad. R. Kaelen) (pp. 279-300). Louvain-la-Neuve: De Boeck Supérieur.


Saroglou, V. (2013). Religion, spirituality, and altruism. In K. I. Pargament, J. Exline, & J. Jones (Eds.), APA Handbook of psychology, religion and spirituality (Vol. 1, pp. 439-457). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Translated in Turkish: Saroglou, V. (2015). Din, maneviyat ve diğerkâmlık (M. Şahin, Trans.). Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi lahiyat Fakültesi Dergisi, 7, 113-145.


Saroglou, V. (2013, January-February). Orthodox theology and fundamentalism: Opponents or siblings? [in Greek]. Νέα Ευθύνη, n° 15, 91-93.



Saroglou, V. (2012). Is religion not prosocial at all? Comment on Galen (2012). Psychological Bulletin, 138(5), 907-912.


Saroglou, V. (2012, May-June). Are we born to be religious? Genes and personality influence our attitudes toward religion. Scientific American Mind, 23(2), 52-57.


Saroglou, V. (2012). Adolescents’ social development and the role of religion: Coherence at the detriment of openness. In G. Trommsdorff & X. Chen (Eds.), Values, religion, and culture in adolescent development (pp. 391-423). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Van Cappellen, P., & Saroglou, V. (2012). Awe activates religious and spiritual feelings and behavioral intentions. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 4(3), 223-236.


Van Pachterbeke, M., Keller, J., & Saroglou, V. (2012). Flexibility in existential beliefs and worldviews: Introducing and measuring existential quest. Journal of Individual Differences, 33(1), 2-16.

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Saroglou, V. (2012). Late adulthood, and religiosity [in Greek]. In P. Vassileiadis (Ed.), Μεγάλη Ορθόδοξη Χριστιανική Εγκυκλοπαίδεια [Great Orthodox Christian Encyclopedia] (Vol. 5, pp. 197-198). Athens: Strategikes Ekdoseis.



Van Pachterbeke, M., Freyer, C., & Saroglou, V. (2011). When authoritarianism meets religion: Sacrificing others in the name of abstract deontology. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41(7), 898-903.


Saroglou, V., Yzerbyt, V., & Kaschten, C. (2011). Meta-stereotypes of groups with opposite religious views: Believers and non-believers. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21(6), 484-498.


Saroglou, V. (2011). Believing, bonding, behaving, and belonging: The big four religious dimensions and cultural variation. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42(8), 1320-1340.


Saroglou, V., & Cohen, A. B. (2011). Psychology of culture and religion: Introduction to the JCCP special issue. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42(8), 1309-1319.

Saroglou, V., & Cohen, A. B. (Eds.). (2011). Religion and culture: Perspectives from cultural and cross-cultural psychology (Special issue). Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42(8).


Van Cappellen, P., Corneille, O., Cols, S., & Saroglou, V. (2011). Beyond mere compliance to authoritative figures: Religious priming increases conformity to informational influence among submissive people. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21(2), 97-105.


Saroglou, V., & Crommelynck, D. (2011). De la dangerosité sectaire: Perceptions et determinants. Bulletin de Psychologie, 64(2), 155-168.


Blogowska, J., & Saroglou, V. (2011). Religious fundamentalism and limited prosociality as a function of the target. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50(1), 44-60.


Saroglou, V. (2011). Belgium [in Greek]. In P. Vassileiadis (Ed.), Μεγάλη Ορθόδοξη Χριστιανική Εγκυκλοπαίδεια [Great Orthodox Christian Encyclopedia] (Vol. 4, pp. 96-98). Athens: Strategikes Ekdoseis.




Saroglou, V. (2010). Religiousness as a cultural adaptation of basic traits: A Five-Factor Model perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 14(1), 108-125.

Friedman, M., & Saroglou, V. (2010). Religiosity, psychological acculturation to the host culture, self-esteem and depressive symptoms among stigmatized and nonstigmatized religious immigrant groups in Western Europe. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 32(2), 185-195.

Buxant, C., Saroglou, V., & Tesser, M. (2010). Free-lance spiritual seekers: Self-growth or compensatory motives? Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 13(2), 209-222.


Saroglou, V., Lacour, C., & Demeure, M.-E. (2010). Bad humor, bad marriage: Humor styles in divorced and married couples. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 6(3), 94-121.


Saroglou, V. (2010). Orgueil, humilité et leurs vicissitudes: Une approche psychologique. Revue Théologique de Louvain, 41, 539-562.


Translated in Italian: Saroglou, V. (2010). L’orgoglio, l’umiltà e le loro vicissitudine: Un approccio psicologico. In E. Bianchi et al. (coll.auth.), La lotta spirituale nella tradizione orthodossa (pp. 137-164). Magnano: Edizioni Qiqajon.



Buxant, C., & Saroglou, V. (2009). Les motifs d'attraction pour le religieux: Des besoins affectifs et cognitifs au désir d’expansion de soi. In P.-Y. Brandt & C.-A. Fournier (Eds.), La conversion religieuse: Analyses psychologiques, anthropologiques et sociologiques (pp. 73-99). Genève: Labor et Fides.


Saroglou, V., Lamkaddem, B., Van Pachterbeke, M., & Buxant, C. (2009). Host society’s dislike of the Islamic veil: The role of subtle prejudice, values, and religion. International Journal for Intercultural Relations, 33(5), 419-428.


Saroglou, V., Corneille, O., & Van Cappellen, P. (2009). “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening”: Religious priming activates submissive thoughts and behaviors. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 19(3), 143-154.


Pichon, I., & Saroglou, V. (2009). Religion and helping: Impact of target, thinking styles and just-world beliefs. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 31(2), 215-236.


Buxant, C., Saroglou, V., & Scheuer, J. (2009). Contemporary conversions: Compensatory needs or self-growth motives? Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 20, 47-68.



Muñoz-García, A., & Saroglou, V. (2008). Believing literally versus symbolically: Values and personality correlates among Spanish students. Journal of Beliefs and Values, 29(3), 233-241.


Saroglou, V., Buxant, C., & Tilquin, J. (2008). Positive emotions as leading to religion and spirituality. Journal of Positive Psychology, 3(3), 165-173.


Saroglou, V. (2008). Religion and psychology of values: "Universals" and changes. In E. Agazzi & F. Minazzi (Eds.), Science and ethics: The axiological contexts of science (pp. 247-272). Brussels: Peter Lang.


Saroglou, V. (2008). Religion, culture and mental health, by Kate Loewenthal. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 11(7), 741-743 (Book Review).


Demoulin, S., Saroglou, V., & Van Pachterbeke, M. (2008). Infra-humanizing others, supra-humanizing gods: The emotional hierarchy. Social Cognition, 26(2), 235-247.


Saroglou, V., & Muñoz-García, A. (2008). Individual differences in religion and spirituality: An issue of personality traits and/or values. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 47(1), 83-101.


Buxant, C., & Saroglou, V. (2008). Joining and leaving a new religious movement: A study of ex-members' mental health. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 11(3), 251-271.


Buxant, C., & Saroglou, V. (2008). Feeling good, but lacking autonomy: Closed-mindedness on social and moral issues in New Religious Movements. Journal of Religion and Health, 47(1), 17-31.



Buxant, C., Saroglou, V., Casalfiore, S., & Christians, L.-L. (2007). Cognitive and emotional characteristics of New Religious Movement members: New questions and data on the mental health issue. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 10(3), 219-238.


Pichon, I., Boccato, G., & Saroglou, V. (2007). Nonconscious influences of religion on prosociality: A priming study. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37(5), 1032-1045.


Saroglou, V., & Mathijsen, F. (2007). Religion, multiple identities, and acculturation: A study of Muslim immigrants in Belgium. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 29, 177-198.



Saroglou, V., & Dupuis J. (2006). Being Buddhist in Western Europe: Cognitive needs, prosocial character, and values. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 16(3), 163-179.


Saroglou, V., & Hanique, B. (2006). Jewish identity, values, and religion in a globalized world: A study of late adolescents. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 6(3), 231-249.


Saroglou, V. (2006). Religion's role in prosocial behavior: Myth or reality? Psychology of Religion Newsletter: American Psychological Association Division 36, 31(2), 1-8.


Saroglou, V. (2006). Religious bricolage as a psychological reality: Limits, structures, and dynamics. Social Compass, 53(1), 109-115.


Saroglou, V. (2006). "A son image" mais "à Sa ressemblance" ou comment l'homme façonne Dieu: Dynamiques psychologiques. In O. H. Pesch & J.-M. Van Cangh (Eds.), L'homme, image de Dieu (pp. 145-187). Bruxelles: Cerf diffusion (Publications de l'Académie Internationale des Sciences Religieuses). 


Saroglou, V. (2006). Saints et héros: Vies parallèles et psychologies spécifiques. Revue Théologique de Louvain, 37(3), 313-341.


Saroglou, V. (2006). Quête d'unité: Spécificité religieuse d'une fonction non nécessairement religieuse. Archives de Psychologie, 72(4), 161-181. 


Translated in English: Saroglou, V. (2007). Quest for unity: Religious specifics of a universal psychological function. Proceedings of the 2007 Metanexus Institure Conference, Philadelphia, PA, USA.




Saroglou, V., Pichon, I. Trompette, L., Verschueren, M., & Dernelle, R. (2005). Prosocial behavior and religion: New evidence based on projective measures and peer ratings. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 44(3), 323-348.


Saroglou, V. (2005). Saints et héros: Vies parallèles et psychologies spécifiques. Cahiers Electroniques de l'Imaginaire, 2, 135-152. Published in RTL, see Saroglou (2006).



Saroglou, V., Delpierre, V., & Dernelle, R. (2004). Values and religiosity: A meta-analysis of studies using Schwartz's model. Personality and Individual Differences, 37(4), 721-734.


Saroglou, V., & Galand, P. (2004). Identities, values, and religion: A study among Muslim, other immigrant, and native Belgian young adults after the 9/11 attacks. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 4(2), 97-132.


Christians, L.-L., & Saroglou, V. (Eds.). (2004). Les dérives sectaires: Idées et perspectives (Special issue). Annales de Droit de Louvain, 64(4).

Saroglou, V., & Anciaux, L. (2004). Liking sick humor: Coping styles and religion as predictors. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 17(3), 257-277.


Saroglou, V. (2004). Being religious implies being different in humour: Evidence from self- and peer-ratings. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 7(3), 255-267.


Saroglou, V., Buxant, C., Casalfiore, S., Christians, L.-L., & Jaspard, J.-M. (2004). Redéfinir les critères de dérive sectaire? Un regard psychologique au croisement des sciences des religions. Annales de Droit de Louvain, 64(4), 529-560.


Saroglou, V., & Galand, P. (2004). Identités multiples, valeurs et anti-américanisme : Une étude auprès des jeunes musulmans issus de l'immigration. In B. Khader & C. Roosens (Eds.), Belges et Arabes: Voisins distants, partenaires nécessaires (pp. 111-136). Louvain: Presses Universitaires de Louvain.


Saroglou, V. (2004). Valeurs, religion et modernité en Europe. Annales d'Etudes Européennes [special issue: Une Constitution pour un projet et des valeurs], 7, 165-185.



Saroglou, V. (2003). Trans-cultural/religious constants vs. cross-cultural/religious differences in psychological aspects of religion. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 25(1), 71-87.

Saroglou, V., Kempeneers, A., & Seynhaeve, I. (2003). Need for closure and adult attachment dimensions as predictors of religion and reading interests. In P. Roelofsma, J. Corveleyn, & J. van Saane (Eds.), One hundred years of psychology and religion (pp. 139-154). Amsterdam: VU University Press.


Saroglou, V. (2003). Psychology of religion and culture. In Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). Oxford, UK: UNESCO-Eolss Publishers ( ).

Republished in a 2nd edition: Saroglou, V. (2009). Psychology of religion and culture. In S. Carta (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: Psychology (Vol. 1, pp. 326-346). Oxford, UK: EOLSS and United Nations.

Saroglou, V., & Fiasse, L. (2003). Birth order, personality, and religion: A study among young adults from a three-sibling family. Personality and Individual Differences, 35(1), 19-29.


Saroglou, V. (2003). L'Orthodoxie confrontée au monde pluraliste et à la globalisation. In O. H. Pesch & J.-M. Van Cangh (Eds.), Comment faire de la théologie aujourd'hui? Continuité et renouveau (pp. 291-325). Cerf diffusion: Bruxelles (coll. Publications de l'Académie Internationale des Sciences Religieuses). 


Saroglou, V. (2003). Spiritualité moderne: Un regard de psychologie de la religion. Revue Théologique de Louvain, 34(4), 473-504.


Saroglou, V. (2002). Religion and the five factors of personality: A meta-analytic review. Personality and Individual Differences, 32(1), 15-25.


Saroglou, V., & Scariot, C. (2002). Humor Styles Questionnaire: Personality and educational correlates in Belgian high school and college students. European Journal of Personality, 16(1), 43-54.


Saroglou, V. (2002). Religion and sense of humor: An a priori incompatibility? Theoretical considerations from a psychological perspective. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 15(2), 191-214.


Saroglou, V. (2002). Religiousness, religious fundamentalism, and quest as predictors of humor creation. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 12(3), 177-188.


Saroglou, V. (2002). Beyond dogmatism: The need for closure as related to religion. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 5(2), 183-194.


Saroglou, V. (2002). Humor appreciation as function of religious dimensions. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 24(1), 144-153.


Saroglou, V. (2002). L'apport de la psychanalyse à la psychologie de la religion et la théologie: Commentaires. In J. Florence (ed.), La psychanalyse et l'Université: L'expérience de Louvain (pp. 171-177). Louvain-la-Neuve: Academia.


Saroglou, V., & Jaspard, J.-M. (2001). Does religion affect humour creation? An experimental study. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 4(1), 33-46.

Saroglou, V. (2001). La religion des jeunes et leur personnalité: Etudes récentes en Belgique francophone. In V. Saroglou & D. Hutsebaut (Eds.), Religion et développement humain: Questions psychologiques (pp. 115-140). Paris-Montréal: L'Harmattan.


Translated in Turkish: Saroglou, V. (2000). Gençlerin dinleri ve kişilikleri: Belçika’da yapılan yeni incelemeler [Religion of young people and their personality: Recent studies in Belgium] (V. Uysal, Trans.). Marmara Üniversitesi İlahiyat Fakültesi Dergisi, 19, 123-144.

Saroglou, V., & Hutsebaut, D. (2001). Conclusion: Balises pour une théorie du développement religieux. In V. Saroglou & D. Hutsebaut (Eds.), Religion et développement humain: Questions psychologiques (pp. 355-363). Paris-Montréal: L'Harmattan.



Saroglou, V., & Jaspard, J.-M. (2000). Personality and religion: From Eysenck's taxonomy to the Five-Factor Model. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 23, 41-70.

Translated in Hungarian: Saroglou, V., & Jaspard, J.-M. (2003). A vallás pszichológiája és a személyiség az ötfaktoros modell nézőpontjából (R. Ivády, Trans.). In K. Horváth-Szabó (Ed.), Psychology of religion [special issue], Magyar Pszichológiai Szemle, 38, 83-112.

Saroglou, V. (2000). Église et psychologie: Bilan et perspectives d'une ouverture prudente. Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique, 100(4), 709-753. 

Saroglou, V. (2000). Sens de l'humour et religiosité: Leurs relations et les implications pour la santé mentale (en grec). In Psychiatrie et sciences de l'homme (ouvr. coll.) (pp. 57-80), Athènes: Spinari.

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Saroglou, V. (1999). Psychologiser l'espérance? Revue d'Ethique et de Théologie Morale : Le Supplément, 209, 77-101.

Saroglou, V. (1998). Règne de la Mère ou fonction du Père? Une approche psychologique structurale de la dynamique religieuse. Revue Théologique de Louvain, 29(1), 68-74.

Saroglou, V. (1998). Redeeming laughter: The comic dimension of human experience, by Peter Berger. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 37, 755-756.


Saroglou, V. (1997). La dimension maternelle de l'expérience religieuse: Structuration psychique par l'Église-Mère et la communauté. Pastoral Sciences: Interdisciplinary Issues in Psychology, Sociology, Theology and History, 16, 67-91. 


Saroglou, V. (1996). La liberté diffractée: Prémices pour une déontologie psychiatrique. Tétralogiques, 10, 249-261.

Saroglou, V. (1994). La liberté du malade mental. Perspectives: Revue sur les enjeux sociaux des pratiques psychologiques, 26, 53-69.


Saroglou, V. (1992). Rêve et spiritualité chez Jean Climaque. Unpublished master's thesis in religious sciences, Université catholique de Louvain.

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