Euphoria versus dysphoria: differential cognitive roles in religion?

Russell, Yvan I., Dunbar, Robin I. M. and Gobet, Fernand (2011) Euphoria versus dysphoria: differential cognitive roles in religion? In: Attention, Representation & Performance: Integration of Cognition, Emotion & Motivation. Masmoudi, Slim, Dai, David Yun and Naceur, Abdelmajid, eds. Psychology Press, pp. 147-165. .

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Religious life encompasses a wide diversity of situations for which the emotional tone is on a continuum from extreme euphoria to extreme dysphoria. In this book chapter, we propose the novel hypothesis that euphoria and dysphoria have distinctly separate functional consequences for religious evolution and survivability. This is due to the differential cognitive states that are created in euphoric and dysphoric situations. Based on readings from religious studies and cognitive psychology, we propose that euphoria in religion is conducive to social bonding and situations needing lateral thinking and creativity; whereas dysphoria in religion is conducive to situations where precision and analogical reasoning are necessary.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Masmoudi, Slim and Dai, David Yun and Naceur, Abdelmajid
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 18157
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Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2015 10:26
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2019 16:20
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/18157

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