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Adam Cohen

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1104
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1104
Biography

Adam Cohen's main research interests fuse cultural, social, and personality psychology. He is interested in how religious differences function as cultural differences, affecting domains including religious identity and motivation, well-being, moral judgment, forgiveness, and the like. Cohen is also interested in applying evolutionary theory to religion. He is associate editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He has had grant funding from the Notre Dame Science of Generosity program, the Templeton Foundation, NSF, DARPA, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Army Research Institute.   

Professor Cohen is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, the 2009 recipient of the Margaret Gorman award from the American Psychological Association, the 2013 Godin Prize winner from the International Association for the Psychology of Religion, and the 2012 Gumby Award winner from the ASU Department of Psychology.

Education

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 2000

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Publications
  • Cohen, A. B. Many forms of culture. American Psychologist (2009).
  • Cohen, A. B., & Hall, D. E. Existential beliefs, social satisfaction, and well-being among Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant older adults. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion (2009).
  • Cohen, A. B., Malka, A., Hill, E. D., Thoemmes, F., Hill, P. C., & Sundie, J. M. Race as a moderator of the relationship between religiosity and political alignment. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (2009).
  • Horberg, E. J., Oveis, C. O., Keltner, D., & Cohen, A. B. Disgust and the moralization of purity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2009).
  • Oveis, C., Cohen, A. B., Gruber, J., Shiota, M. N., & Haidt, J., & Keltner, D. Resting respiratory sinus arrhythmia is associated with tonic positive emotionality. Emotion (2009).
  • Cohen, A. B., Shariff, A. F., & Hill, P. C. The accessibility of religious beliefs. Journal of Research in Personality, (2008).
  • Shariff, A. F., Cohen, A. B., & Norenzayan, A. The Devil’s advocate: Secular arguments diminish both implicit and explicit religious beliefs. Journal of Cognition and Culture (2008).
  • Weeden, J., Cohen, A. B., & Kenrick, D. T. Religious participation and reproductive strategies. Evolution and Human Behavior (2008).
  • Adam Cohen, P Hill. Religion as culture: Religious individualism and collectivism among American Catholics, Jews, and Protestants. Journal of Personality (2007).
  • J Siev, Adam Cohen. Is thought-action fusion related to religiosity? Group differences between Jews and Christians. Behavior Research & Therapy (2007).
  • Adam Cohen, A Malka, P Rozin, L Cherfas. Religion and unforgivable offenses. Journal of Personality (2006).
  • L Cherfas, P Rozin, Adam Cohen, A Davidson, C McCauley. The framing of atrocities: Documenting and exploring wide variation in aversion to Germans and German-related activities among Holocaust survivors. Peace & Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology (2006).
  • Adam Cohen, D Hall, H Koenig, K Meador. Social versus individual motivation: Implications for normative definitions of religious orientation. Personality & Social Psychology Review (2005).
  • Adam Cohen, J Pierce, R Meade, J Chambers, B Gorvine, H Koenig. Intrinsic and extrinsic religiosity, belief in the afterlife, death anxiety, and life satisfaction in young Catholic and Protestant adults. Journal of Research in Personality (2005).
  • Adam Cohen, P Rozin, D Keltner. Different religions, different emotions. Behavioral & Brain Sciences (2004).
  • Adam Cohen. Religion, likelihood of action, and the morality of mentality. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion (2003).
  • Adam Cohen, J Siegel, P Rozin. Faith versus practice: Different bases for religiosity judgments by Jews and Protestants. European Journal of Social Psychology (2003).
  • J Abramowitz, J Huppert, Adam Cohen, S Cahill, D Tolin. Religious obsessions and compulsions in a non-clinical sample: The Penn Inventory of Scrupulosity. Behavior Research and Therapy (2002).
  • Cohen. Just how many forms of culture are there?. American Psychologist (0).
  • Cohen Gruber Keltner. Comparing spiritual transformations and experiences of profound beauty. Psychology of religion and spirituality (0).
  • Hill Terrell Cohen Nagoshi. The role of social cognition in the religious fundamentalism-prejudice relationship. Journal Scientific Study Religion (0).
  • Li Cohen Weeden Kenrick. Mating competitors increase religious beliefs. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (0).
  • Cohen, A. B., Hill, P. C., Shariff, A. F., & Rozin, P. Furthering the evolution of discussion on religion: Multi-method study, universality, and cultural variation. The evolution of religion: Studies, theories, and critiques (0).
  • Kwan Johnson Neel Cohen. Anthropomorphism. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (0).
Research Activity
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 498Pro-Seminar
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 591Seminar
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 591Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 350Social Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
HON 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Service
  • Freshman orientation, attended two orientation lunches (2010 - Present)
  • Co-chair, culture and religion preconferences, spsp, co-chair (2010 - Present)
  • Editorial board: Frontiers in Cultural Psychology, SPPS, JPSP, JSSR, Religion, Brain & Behavior, editorial boards (2010 - Present)
  • Faculty eval committee, member and chair (2010 - Present)
  • PGS 101 committee, member (2010 - Present)
  • grant reviewer, Fund Scientific Research, Belgium, reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • special issue on religion, JCCP, to appear 2011-2012, guest editor (2010 - Present)
  • Faculty Evaluation Committee, Department of Psychology., member (2009 - Present)
  • Academic advisory board, Center for Jewish Studies., member (2009 - Present)
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Ad hoc reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Faculty advisor to PGS questionnaire, faculty advisor (2009 - Present)
  • Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Editorial board (2009 - Present)
  • Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Guest editor, special issue on religion (2009 - Present)
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Consulting editor (2009 - Present)
  • Panel member on Preparing Future Faculty., Panel member (2009 - Present)
  • Psychology, Chair, Darwyn Linder award committee, Department of Psychology. (2009 - Present)
  • Religion, Brain, and Behavior, Editorial board (2009 - Present)
  • Journal of Personality, Ad hoc reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Ad hoc reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Ad hoc reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Psychology Department, Advisor to PGS 101 Questionnaire (2008 - 2008)
  • Ad hoc journal reviewing, reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, Faculty affiliate (2008 - 2008)
  • Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Faculty affiliate (2008 - 2008)
  • Hillel, Committee on Developing a Moral Compass (2008 - 2008)
  • Jewish studies program, Faculty affiliate (2008 - 2008)
  • Psychology, Committee member, Darwyn Linder Award Committee (2007 - 2007)
  • Social area search committee, department of psychology, Participant (2007 - 2007)