CMC professor’s research into awe-inspiring moments boosts belief in a higher power

Piercarlo Valdesolo

Piercarlo Valdesolo

Research conducted by CMC Assistant Professor of Psychology Piercarlo Valdesolo, along with colleagues at the University of Southern California, bears out that for many people awe-inspiring moments underscore a belief in God and the supernatural.

According to Valdesolo, accounts of religious epiphanies and revelations often seem to go hand in hand with the experience of being awe-struck by the presence of a divine being.

The findings, which involved five experiments conducted with a controlled study group, were recently published in the journal Psychological Scienceand in short time have gotten attention from various news sources, including TIME magazine’s Science & Space section, HuffPost, and The Independent.

To learn more about the study and how it was conducted, click on the links below:

TIME

Slate.com

TIME

Huffington Post

Daily Mail

The Independent