Dr. Kitchens presented work that he completed with 2011 LVC graduates, Tanisha Rine, Mariela Horna, Ashley Collins, and MaryKatherine Mitchell, at the 2012 Meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology in San Deigo last week (Jan 26-28, 2012). Below is a summary of the work. You can find a more detailed description of this work and a copy of the poster using the links or under my scholarship page.
Christians completed a religious comfort measure and were assigned to a rejection or acceptance condition. Next, participants rated two pseudo-abstracts, portraying Christianity positively and negatively. The rejection manipulation was successful, but religious comfort was the only predictor of religious-affirmation, indicating that religious-associated experiences have the greatest impact on religious behavior.