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Psychology and Religion Research Group Participant Panel

Thank you for your interest in joining the Psychology and Religion Research Group Participant Panel. The following details should provide you with enough information to make a decision about participation.


The Psychology and Religion Research Group is a collection of researchers at the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Divinity interested in investigating how religion works from the perspective of psychology. We are not trying to 'explain religion away' psychologically, but are instead using the scientific tools of experimental psychology to try to understand how different people engage with religious ideas and concepts. To do this we need the help of religious and non-religious people as participants in our studies.


You may be able to participate in our research if you are a fluent English speaker and are aged 18 or older. Participation in this research is voluntary and you would be free to withdraw your participation at any point. Before you can take part in an experiment, you would need to complete a short survey about your religious experiences, beliefs, and attitudes. It should take less than 10 minutes. All of your answers will be treated confidentially.

When you have completed the survey we may then invite you to take part in one or more studies at your convenience.


When we are running a suitable experiment, we will contact you to arrange a convenient time for you to take part in the study. Some experiments can be completed online while others would need you to come to our lab at the Faculty of Divinity in Cambridge to be tested. You would always have the choice of whether or not to participate in a given experiment. Most experiments involve a mixture of additional surveys and making simple responses to various words or pictures that are presented on a computer screen. Depending on the experiment, a typical session of testing lasts about 35-60 minutes, and you would be paid up to £10 for the session; we would tell you the normal length and payment for a specific study when we invite you. After the experiment you would be fully debriefed as to what the research is about.


We would very much appreciate your participation in this research. If you would like any further information before deciding whether to participate, please contact the Participant Panel Manager, Kirsten Barnes, at or on 01223 334869. However, if you would like to participate in this study, please indicate your consent below and then complete the survey.

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