Mary Harmon-Vukic
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Joseph Guido
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God Talk:
Differentiating Implicit Understanding and Explicit Expression
of God among Theists and Atheists


Principal Investigator

Mary Harmon-Vukic
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Providence College


Team Member

Joseph Guido
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Providence College

 

The purpose of this project is to explore the extent to which individuals’ conscious, explicit expressions of God are similar to or different from their implicit representations of God, and whether such representations predicate belief in God. In Experiment 1, atheists and believers will read statements about God and rate the extent to which specified attributes represent their understanding of God. This will suggest how atheists and believers are similar and different regarding their explicit representation of God. In Experiments 2 and 3, atheists and believers will read the same statements as in Experiment 1 and indicate, as quickly as possible, whether they agree or disagree. Participants’ reaction time will be recorded, as reaction time is an established measure of implicit knowledge. Comparisons between the three experiments will indicate the extent to which implicit and explicit representations match and how the degree of match correlates with belief in God.