Affect and belief in God

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A note for Lesson no. 6, "Brains Make More Than One Kind of Mind," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 105‌ is:

If you're a religious person, affect helps you feel connected to God.

For an engaging read, see this reference.[1]

In addition, there is some evidence to suggest that "intuition" is linked to a belief in God,[2] which is consistent with the hypothesis that affective feelings contribute to religious belief.[3]


  1. Desteno, David. 2021. How God Works. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  2. Shenhav, Amitai, David G. Rand, and Joshua D. Greene. 2012. "Divine Intuition: Cognitive Style Influences Belief in God." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 141 (3): 423–428.
  3. Asma, Stephen T. 2018. "Religion is about emotion regulation, and it’s very good at it." Aeon, September 25.