Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2016

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Jeff Keuss

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Thomas Carpenter

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Paul Kim


Religiosity, cognitive style, ACT, contextualism, religious commitment, open-minded


This study examined the relationship between religious commitment and thinking styles. Participants (n = 195) completed self-report measures of religious commitment, contextualism, Authoritarianism-Conservatism-Traditionalism (ACT - conceptualized as social attitudes/beliefs), and Open-Minded Cognition (OMC - conceptualized as a cognitive style). A marginally significant direct link was observed. Furthermore, when controlling for Contextualism, the strength of the negative link between SRF and OMC increased non-significantly. When controlling for ACT, mediation analysis revealed that the relationship between SRF and OMC was more indirect (via shared variance with ACT) than direct. Moderation analyses did not reveal significant results. Results tentatively suggest a negative relationship exists between strength of religious faith and open-minded cognition, but this relationship is better explained by a confounding effect of ACT and not religiosity itself.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Program

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