In press | 2024

Moon, J. W. (in press). Religion as a natural laboratory for understanding human nature. Archive for the Psychology of Religion. [based on IAPR Early Career Award address]

Wormley, A. S., Vonlocher, C, Aglozo, E. Y., Jayawickreme, E., Johnson, K. A., Moon, J. W., Van Cappellen, P., Verma, A., & Cohen, A. B. (in press). Religion and human flourishing. Journal of Positive Psychology.

Johnson, K. A., Moon, J. W., VanderWeele, T. J., Schnitker, S. A., & Johnson, B. R. (in press). Assessing religion and spirituality in a cross-cultural sample: Development of religion and spirituality items for the Global Flourishing Survey. Religion, Brain & Behavior. Link PDF

Cervantes, J., Wormley, A. S., Moon, J. W., Tran, S., & Cohen, A. B. (2024). Religion and trust: Basic theory and trust in organizations. In R. C. Mayer and B. M. Mayer (Eds.), A research agenda for trust: Interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 199–209 ). Elgar Research Agendas. Link


Moon, J. W. (2023). Considering the role of self-interest in moral disciplining. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 46, Article e310. [commentary on Fitouchi et al.] Link PDF

Moon, J. W., Cohen, A. B., Laurin, K., & MacKinnon, D. P. (2023). Is religion special? Perspectives on Psychological Science, 18(2), 340-357. Link PDF

Johnson, K. A., Okun, M. A., & Moon, J. W. (2023). The interaction of faith and science mindsets predicts perceptions of the relationship between religion and science. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, 4, Article 100113. Link PDF

Hoogeveen, S., Sarafoglou, A., Aczel, B., Aditya, Y., Alayan, A. J., Allen, P. J., Altay, S., . . . Moon, J. W., . . . & Wagenmakers, E. (2023). A many analysts approach to the relation between religiosity and well-being. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 13(3), 237–283. Link PDF 


Moon, J. W., Tratner, A. E., & McDonald, M. M. (2022). Men are less religious in more gender-equal countries. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 289(1968), Article 20212474. Link PDF OSF 

Wilbanks, D., Moon, J. W., Stewart, B., Gray, K., & Varnum, M. E. W. (2022). Not just a hijack: Imaginary worlds can enhance individual and group-level fitness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 45, Article e305. [commentary on Dubourg & Baumard] Link PDF


Moon, J. W., Krems, J. A., & Cohen, A. B. (2021). Is there anything good about atheists? Exploring positive and negative stereotypes of the religious and nonreligious. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12(8), 1505–1516. Link PDF Preregistration OSF

Johnson, K. A., Baraldi, A. N., Moon, J. W., Okun, M. A., & Cohen, A. B. (2021). Faith and science mindsets as predictors of COVID-19 concern: A three-wave longitudinal study. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 96, Article 104186. Link PDF

Chan, H. F., Moon, J. W., Savage, D. A., Skali, A., Torgler, B., & Whyte, S. (2021). Can psychological traits explain mobility behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12(6), 1018–1029. Link PDF

Moon, J. W. (2021). Why are world religions so concerned with sexual behavior? Current Opinion in Psychology, 40, 1519. Link PDF

Krems, J. A., Ko, A., Moon, J. W., & Varnum, M. E. W. (2021). Lay beliefs about gender and sexual behavior: First evidence for a pervasive, robust (but seemingly unfounded) stereotype. Psychological Science, 32(6), 871–889. Link PDF OSF APS Top 10 Most Impactful Articles of 2021 


Moon, J. W., Krems, J. A., & Cohen, A. B. (2020). Opposition to short-term mating predicts anti-atheist prejudice. Personality and Individual Differences, 165, Article 110136. Link PDF OSF


Johnson, K. A., Moon, J. W., Okun, M. A., Scott, M. J., O’Rourke, H. P., Hook, J. N., & Cohen, A. B. (2019). Science, God, and the cosmos: Science both erodes (via logic) and promotes (via awe) belief in God. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 84, Article 103826. Link

Moon, J. W., Krems, J. A., Cohen, A. B., & Kenrick, D. T. (2019). Is nothing sacred? Religion, sex, and reproductive strategies. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 28(4), 361–365. Link PDF


Moon, J. W., Krems, J. A., & Cohen, A. B. (2018). Religious people are trusted because they are viewed as slow life-history strategists. Psychological Science, 29(6), 947–960. Link  PDF OSF

2017 and earlier

Cohen, A. B., & Moon, J. W. (2017). Psychology: Atheism and moral intuitions. Nature Human Behaviour, 1(8), Article 0157. [news & views article] Link PDF

Moon, J. W., Wright, R. R., Broadbent, C. S., & Robinson, E. D. (2017). “The measure ye mete”: Does prosocial priming lead to harsher moral judgment? Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 22(1), 10–18. [undergraduate work] PDF       

Johnson, K. A., Scott, M. J., Moon, J. W., & Cohen, A. B. (2016). Psychology and religion. In D. S. Dunn (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies online. Oxford University Press. Link

In principle Acceptances, Preprints, and Working Papers

Wormley, A. S., Moon, J. W., Johnson, K. A., Hirschberger, G., Saroglou, V., Wu, M., & Cohen, A. B. (registered report accepted in principle). Morality and mentality: A replication and cross-cultural extension. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion

Moon, J. W., Wongsomboon, V., & Sevi, B. (under review). Beliefs about men’s sexual self-control predict attitudes toward women’s immodest clothing and public breastfeeding. Preprint