Study: Atheists behave more fairly toward Christians than Christians behave toward atheists

By Eric W. Dolan

Psychologists have long known that people tend to favor their own group over others, a social phenomenon known as ingroup bias. But new research provides evidence that atheists are motivated to buck this trend in an attempt to override the stereotype that they are immoral.

Psychology researchers from Ohio University found that Christians demonstrated an ingroup bias towards other Christians in an economic game but atheists did not have an ingroup bias towards other atheists. The study was published online July 10 in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

“The rise of the so-called ‘New Atheists’ about a decade ago coupled with the ongoing ‘culture wars’ between religious and secular groups in the United States has led atheists as a population to gain an unprecedented level of visibility in this country in recent years, even as their prevalence has only incrementally increased. This has sparked a particular interest in anti-atheist prejudice research in social psychology,” explained study author Colleen Cowgill, a PhD student.

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  1. @OP – Psychology researchers from Ohio University found that Christians demonstrated an ingroup bias towards other Christians in an economic game but atheists did not have an ingroup bias towards other atheists.

    No surprises there!
    Religious tribalism comes in a whole range of in-group favours, and discrimination against non-tribal citizens. –

    (Death to apostates, God’s chosen people, preached “superior morality and integrity of XXXXXX denomiation congregations who follow dogma, The regularly peached “evil” of non-church-members, exclusive “end-times salvation” of privileged active church members etc.)

    There is also the feature of placing the puppets of god-delusions in positions of power and influence, to meet that top god-delusion priority of evangelical spreading god-delusion indoctrination to new hosts!

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