Azim Shariff

Azim Shariff

Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Oregon


How religion encourages generosity, honesty, prejudice, and conflict, and how religious beliefs affect morality—painting a much more nuanced picture than the simplistic assertion that religion makes people act better.

In the news

On Free Will, Fate, and a Science That Sways Juries

A new study shows how teaching people about neuroscience can make them softer on crime.
— Pacific Standard

Study: People Who Believe in Heaven Happier With Their Lives

“We find that a belief in Heaven is consistently associated with greater happiness and life satisfaction while a belief in Hell is associated with lower happiness and life satisfaction at the national and individual level,” the study states. “An experimental priming study suggests that these differences are mainly driven by the negative emotional impact of Hell beliefs.”
— CBS News



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