SPEAR Lab

Publications

 

Books​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​The Science of Religion, Spirituality, and Existentialism​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Vail, K. E., & Routledge, C. (2020). The science of religion, spirituality, and existentialism. Elsevier: Academic Press.

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pop-science articles

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2021

Vail, K. E. (2021, February 16). Rachele Benjamin on measuring uncanny experiences. ISSEP.

Vail, K. E. (2021, February 17). Madison Sarlo, undergraduate research on political unity. ISSEP.

Vail, K. E. (2021, February 18). McKenzie Lockett on sexual objectification and experiential isolation. ISSEP.

Vail, K. E. (2021, February 24). Harrison Schmitt on environmental contamination and suffering. ISSEP.

Vail, K. E. (2021, February 27). Gulnaz Kiper on suffering, difficulty mindsets, and hope. ISSEP.

Vail, K. E. (2021, March 9). Madhwa Galgali on death awareness, religious belief, and atheists. ISSEP.

 

2020

Vail, K. E. (2020, May 15). Chronic mortality salience: An interview with Dr. Kenneth Vail. Ernest Becker Foundation: This Mortal Life.

Solomon, S., Vail, K. E., & Harvell-Bowman, L. H. (2020, June 05). This mortal life: Covid-19, terror management theory, and existential concerns. Ernest Becker Foundation webinar series.

Vail, K. E. (2020, October 28). Existential concerns and White Christian nationalism Medium.

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2019

Vail, K. E. (2019, September 30). When the levee breaks. Psychology Today.

Vail, K. E. (2019, November 11). Going the extra ‘MILE’: Atheists and immortality. Psychology Today.

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​​​​​​​2018

Vail, K. E. (2018, May 4). The existential force: The dark side and… the light side? Psychology Today.

Vail, K. E. (2018, June 23). Opinion: Researching coping strategies for PTSD. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Vail, K. E. (2018, July 2). The religious mind is in the heart. Psychology Today.

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academic articles & BOOK CHAPTERS

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2021

Arrowood, R. B., Vail, K. E., & Cox, C. (in press). The existential quest: Doubt, openness, and the exploration of religious uncertainty. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.

Reed, D. E., Lehinger, E., Cobos, B., Vail, K. E., Nabity, P., Helm, P. J., Galgali, M., & McGeary, D. D. (in press). Authenticity as a resilience factor against CV-19 threat among those with chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder. Frontiers in Psychology (section: Health Psychology).

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2020

Vail, K. E., Soenke, M., Waggoner, B. J., & Mavropoulou, I. (2020). Natural, but not supernatural, literal immortality affirmation attenuates mortality salience effects on worldview defense in atheists. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46, 312-326.

Vail, K. E., Conti, J., Goad, A., & Horner, D. (2020). Existential threat fuels worldview defense, but not after priming autonomy concepts. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 42, 150-166.

Vail, K. E., Reed, D., Goncy, E., Cornelius, T., & Edmondson, D. (2020). Anxiety buffer disruption: Self-evaluation, death anxiety, and stressor appraisals among low and high posttraumatic stress symptom samples. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 39, 353-382.

Vail, K. E., Sullivan, D., Landau, M. J., & Greenberg, J. (2020). Applying existential social psychology to mental health. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 39, 229-237.

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​​​​​​​2019

Vail, K. E., Goncy, E., & Edmondson, D. (2019). Anxiety buffer disruption: Worldview threat, death thought accessibility, and worldview defense among low and high posttraumatic stress symptom samples. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 11, 647-655.

Vail, K. E., Courtney, E., & Arndt, J. (2019). The influence of existential awareness and tolerance on anti-Islamic attitudes in American politics. Political Psychology, 40, 1143-1162.

Vail, K. E., Courtney, E., Goncy, E., Cornelius, T., & Edmondson, D. (2019). Anxiety buffer disruption: Relationship threat, death-anxiety, and coping appraisals among low and high posttraumatic stress symptom samples. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 38, 501-511.

Vail, K. E., Horner, D., Waggoner, B. J., & Conti, J. P. (2019). Pushing up daisies: Goal orientation, death awareness, and satisfaction with life. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 85, 103891.

Vail, K. E., Soenke, M., & Waggoner, B. (2019). Terror management theory and religious belief (pp. 259-286). In C. Routledge & M. Vess (Eds.) Handbook of terror management theory. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.

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​​​​​​​2018

Vail, K. E., Morgan, A., & Kahle, L. (2018). Self-affirmation attenuates death-thought accessibility after mortality salience, but not among a high-posttraumatic stress sample. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 10, 112-120.

McCabe, S., Vail, K. E., & Arndt., J. (2018). The impact of death awareness on sizes of self-representational objects. British Journal of Social Psychology, 57, 174-188.

Vail, K. E., & Soenke, M. (2018). The impact of mortality salience on meaning in life among religious and atheists. Religion, Brain, & Behavior, 8, 44-56.

Arrowood, R. B., Jong, J., Vail, K. E., & Hood, R. W. (2018). On the importance of integrating terror management theory and psychology of religion. Religion, Brain, & Behavior, 8, 1-3.

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​​​​​​​2016

Sedikides, C., Wildschut, T., Routledge, C., Arndt, J., Hepper, E. G., Vail, K. E., et al. (2016). Nostalgia Fosters Self-Continuity: Uncovering the Mechanism (Social Connectedness) and Consequence (Eudaimonic Wellbeing). Emotion, 16, 524-539.

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​​​​​​​2015

McCabe, S., Arndt, J., Goldenberg, J. L., Vess, M., Vail, K. E., Gibbons, F. X. (2015). The effect of visualizing healthy eaters and mortality reminders on nutritious grocery purchases: An integrative terror management and prototype willingness analysis. Health Psychology, 34, 279-282.

Vail, K. E., & Juhl, J. (2015). An appreciative view of the brighter side of terror management processes. Social Sciences, 4, 1020-1045.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​2014

McCabe, S., Vail, K. E., Arndt, J., & Goldenberg, J. L. (2014). Hails from the crypt: A terror management health model investigation of the effectiveness of health-oriented vs. celebrity-oriented endorsements. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 289-300.

Greenberg, J., Vail, K. E., & Pyszczynski, T. (2014). Terror management theory and research: How the desire for death transcendence drives our strivings for meaning and significance. (pp. 85-134) In A. Elliot (Ed.) Advances in Motivation Science. Academic Press.

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​​​​​​​2013

Arndt, J., Vail, K. E., Cox, C. R., Goldenberg, J. L., Piasecki, T. M., & Gibbons, F. X. (2013). The interactive effect of mortality reminders and tobacco craving on smoking topography. Health Psychology, 32, 525-532.

Arndt, J., Landau, M. J., Vail, K. E., & Vess, M. (2013). An edifice for enduring personal value: A terror management perspective on the human quest for multi-level meaning (pp. 49-70). In K. Markman, T. Proulx & M. Lindberg (Eds.), The Psychology of Meaning. Washington, DC: APA.

McCabe, S., Vail, K. E., Arndt, J., & Goldenberg, J. L. (2013). Multi-layered meanings in health decision making: A terror management health model analysis. In J. Hicks & C. Routledge (Eds.), The Experience of Meaning in Life: Classical Perspectives, Emerging Themes, and Controversies. New York: Springer Press.

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​​​​​​​2012

Vail, K. E., Arndt, J., Motyl, M. S., & Pyszczynski, T. (2012). The aftermath of destruction: Images of destroyed buildings increase support for war, dogmatism, and death thought accessibility. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1069-1081.

Vail, K. E., Juhl, J., Arndt, J., Vess, M. K., Routledge, C., & Rutjens, B. T. (2012). When death is good for life: Considering the positive trajectories of terror management. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16, 303-329.

Pyszczynski, T., Motyl, M., Vail, K. E., Hirschberger, G., Arndt, J., & Kesebir, P. (2012). Drawing attention to global climate change decreases support for war. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 18, 354-368.

Vail, K. E., Arndt., J., & Abdollahi, A. (2012). Exploring the existential function of religion and supernatural agent beliefs among Christians, Muslims, Atheists and Agnostics. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1288-1300.

Vail, K. E., Kosloff, S., Vess, M. K., & Ashish, D. (2012). Faith and finitude: Exhuming the death-denying function of religious belief. In P. McNamara & W. J. Wildman (Eds.), Science and the World’s Religions. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press.

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​​​​​​​2010

Vail, K. E., & Motyl, M. S. (2010). Support for Diplomacy: Peacemaking and militarism as a unidimensional correlate of social, environmental, and political attitudes. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 16, 29-57.

Vail, K. E., Rothschild, Z. K., Weise, D., Solomon, S., Pyszczynski, T., & Greenberg, J. (2010). A terror management analysis of the psychological functions of religion. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 14, 84-94.

Pyszczynski, T., Vail, K. E., & Motyl, M. S. (2010). The cycle of righteous killing: Psychological forces in the prevention and promotion of peace. In T. Pick, A. Speckhard, & B. Jacuch (Eds.), Homegrown Terrorism: NATO Science for Peace and Security Series – E: Human and Societal Dynamics. Amsterdam: IOS Press.

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​​​​​​​2009

Vail, K. E., Arndt, J., Motyl, M., & Pyszczynski, T. (2009). Compassionate values and presidential politics: Mortality salience, compassionate values, and support for Barack Obama and John McCain in the 2008 Presidential election. Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy. 9, 255-268.

Vail, K. E., Motyl, M., Abdollahi, A. & Pyszczynski, T. (2009). Dying to Live: Terrorism, War, and Defending One's Way of Life. In D. Antonius, A. D. Brown, T. K. Walters, J. M. Ramirez, & S. J. Sinclair (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Analyses of Terrorism and Political Aggression. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Motyl, M. S., Vail, K. E., & Pyszczynski, T. (2009). Waging terror: Psychological motivation in cultural violence and peacemaking. In M. Morgan (Ed.), The Impact of 9/11 on Psychology and Education. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

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