Feb. 11, 2022
Minerva-funded researchers recent publication, "Spiritual over physical formidability determines willingness to ﬁght and sacriﬁce through loyalty in cross-cultural populations"
"Across 11 studies involving six countries from four continents (n=3,285), we extend insights from ﬁeld investigations in conﬂict zones to ofﬂine and online surveys to show that personal spiritual formidability—the conviction and immaterial resources (values, strengths of beliefs, character) of a person to ﬁght—is positively associated with the will to ﬁght and sacriﬁce for others."
March 17, 2020
Threat Enhances Aggressive Inclinations Among Devoted Actors Via Increase in Their Relative Physical Formidability
Devoted actors—those who share sacred values with a group with which they are fused—are particularly willing to self-sacrifice to defend their group or values when they are threatened. Here, we explore whether they are also prone to aggressive inclinations toward those who endanger their group or convictions.
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