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Jesse Preston

Jesse Preston

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I study the beliefs that people hold most dear—the causes, effects, and experience of meaningful explanations. Much of my work has focused on the study of religion and belief in God, as these represent some of the most meaningful and important beliefs people hold. Religious belief can be used as an ultimate explanation, in that it has the potential to explain all phenomena, and as such carries great emotional significance and meaning. Broad themes in my research explore the relationship between ideologies, such as political conflict, climate change attitudes, inter-religious conflict, and conflict between religion and science.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Preston, J., & Wegner, D. M. (2009). Elbow grease: When action feels like work. In E. Morsella, J. A. Bargh, & P. M. Gollwitzer (Eds.), The psychology of action (Vol. 2, pp. 569-586). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Preston, J., & Wegner, D. M. (2005). Ideal agency: The perception of self as an origin of action. In A. Tesser, J. Wood, & D. Stapel (Eds.), On building, defending, and regulating the self (pp. 103-125). Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Research Methods in Social Psychology

Jesse Preston
Berkeley, California 94720
United States

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