Luke Galen

Professor Luke Galen

Professor
B.A., University of Nebraska
M.A., Ph.D., Wayne State University
Office: 2220 Au Sable Hall
Phone: (616) 331-2904
Email: galenl@gvsu.edu

CV

Current Semester Schedule


Specialization

Clinical, Social, Personality

Courses Taught

PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology
PSY 311 - Controversial Issues in Psychology
PSY 316 - The Psychology of Human Intimacy and Sexuality
PSY 385 - Psychology of Religion
PSY 452 - Counseling: Theories and Applications

Research Interests

My main research focus is the psychology of religion and secularity.  I study mental well-being and prosociality as a function of religiosity. I investigate how and why individuals attribute the origins of their moral motivation to religious, as opposed to secular factors.

Recent Publications

Galen, L. W. (2018). Focusing on the nonreligious reveals secular mechanisms underlying well-being and prosociality. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 10, 296-306.

Galen, L. W. (2017). Which functions assumed to be religious and spiritual in nature are ultimately attributable or reducible to purely secular mechanisms? Religion, Brain, and Behavior, 7, 293-295.

Galen, L. W. (2017). The overlapping mental magisteria: Implications of empirical psychology for religious belief. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 29, 221-267.

Galen, L. W. (2017). Secular prosociality and well-being. In P. Zuckerman & J. R. Shook (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Secularism.  (pp. 533-553). New York: Oxford University Press.

Zuckerman, P., Galen, L.W., & Pasquale, F. (2016). The Non-Religious: Understanding Secular People and Societies. New York: Oxford University Press.

Galen, L.W. (2016). Beyond prosocial (Commentary on Martin and Weibe, 2014). In L. H. Martin & D. Wiebe (Eds.), Conversations and controversies in the scientific study of religion. (pp. 145 – 150). Leiden: Brill.

Galen, L.W. (2016). Commentary on Norenzayan et al.: The cultural evolution of prosocial religions. Big Gods: Extended prosociality or group binding? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39, 29-30.

Galen, L.W., Sharp, M., & McNulty, A. (2015). The role of nonreligious group factors versus religious belief in the prediction of prosociality. Social Indicators Research, 122, 411-432.

Galen, L.W. (2015). Atheism, wellbeing, and the wager: Why not believing in God (with others) is good for you. Science, Religion and Culture, 2, 54-69. 

Galen, L.W. (2014). Beyond prosocial (Commentary on Martin and Weibe, 2014). Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 2, 13-18.

Galen, L.W., Williams, T., & Ver Wey, A. (2014). Personality ratings are influenced by religious stereotype and group identity bias. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24, 282-297.

Galen, L.W. (2014). Nonreligious and atheist emerging adults. In C. Berry & M. Abo-Zena (Eds.), Emerging adults' religiousness and spirituality:  Meaning-making in an age of transition (pp. 237-252). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Galen, L.W. & Beahan, J. (2013). A skeptical review of religious prosociality research. Free Inquiry, 33, 14-24. [Winner – Forkosch Award for best Free Inquiry article of 2013].

Galen, L.W. (2012). Does religious belief promote prosociality?: A critical examination. Psychological Bulletin, 138, 876-906.

Galen, L.W. (2012). The complex and elusive nature of religious prosociality: Reply to Myers (2012) and Saroglou (2012). Psychological Bulletin, 138, 918-923.

Galen, L.W., & Kloet, J. (2011). Personality and social integration factors distinguishing non-religious from religious groups:  The importance of controlling for attendance and demographics. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 33, 205-228.

Galen, L.W., & Kloet, J. (2011). Mental well-being in the religious and the non-religious: evidence for a curvilinear relationship. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 14, 673-689. 
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Galen, L.W., Smith, C., Knapp, N., Wyngarden, N. (2011). Perceptions of religious and nonreligious targets: Exploring the effects of perceivers' religious fundamentalism. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 2123-2143.

Galen, L.W., & Miller, T.R. (2011). Perceived deservingness of outcomes as a function of religious fundamentalism and target responsibility. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 2144-2164.

Galen, L.W., Wolfe, M.B.W., Deleeuw, J., & Wyngarden, N. (2009). Religious fundamentalism as schema: Influences on memory for religious information. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39, 1163-1190.  

Books, Chapters, Reviews, and Recent Publications

Galen, L. W. (in press). Secular prosociality and well-being. In P. Zuckerman & J. R. Shook (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Secularism.  (pp. 533-553). New York: Oxford University Press.

Zuckerman, P., Galen, L.W., & Pasquale, F. (2016). The Non-Religious: Understanding Secular People and Societies. New York: Oxford University Press.

Galen, L.W. (2016). Beyond prosocial (Commentary on Martin and Weibe, 2014). In L. H. Martin & D. Wiebe (Eds.), Conversations and controversies in the scientific study of religion. (pp. 145 – 150). Leiden: Brill.

Galen, L.W. (2014). Nonreligious and atheist emerging adults. In C. Berry & M. Abo-Zena (Eds.), Emerging adults’ religiousness and spirituality:  Meaning-making in an age of transition (pp. 237-252). New York: Oxford University Press.

Galen, L.W. & Beahan, J. (2013). A skeptical review of religious prosociality research. Free Inquiry, 33, 14-24. [Winner – Forkosch Award for best Free Inquiry article of 2013].

Galen, L. W. (2011). [Review of the book The Fundamentalist Mindset]. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21, 237-241.

Galen, L.W. (2009). Psychology of religious extremism. [Review of the book Bad Faith: The danger of religious extremism]. Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy, 9, 327-330.

Galen, L.W. (2009). Profiles of the Godless: Results from a survey of the non-religious. Free Inquiry, 29, 41-45.

Organization

I am the faculty advisor for the Center For Inquiry - Grand Valley Campus Group.