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  1. Psychology, Religion and Spirituality: Concepts and Applications.Fraser Watts - 2017 - Cambridge University Press.
    Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality provides readers with a critical overview of what psychology tells us about religion and spirituality. It is concise without being simplistic, and the first such broad overview to be published for some years. Fraser Watts recognizes that 'religion' is complex and multi-faceted, taking different forms in different people and contexts. The book presents a broad view of psychology; whatever kind of psychology you are interested in, you will find it covered here, from biological to social, and (...)
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    Embodied Cognition and Religion.Fraser Watts - 2013 - Zygon 48 (3):745-758.
    It is argued that there are good scientific grounds for accepting that cognition functions in a way that reflects embodiment. This represents a more holistic, systemic way of thinking about human beings, and contributes to the coordination of scientific assumptions about mind and body with those of the faith traditions, moving us beyond sterile debates about reductionism. It has been claimed by Francisco Varela and others that there is an affinity between Buddhism and embodied cognition, though it is argued here (...)
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    Holistic Biology: What It is and Why It Matters.Fraser Watts & Michael J. Reiss - 2017 - Zygon 52 (2):419-441.
    Recent developments toward a more holistic biology do not eliminate reductionism and determinism, but they do suggest more complex forms of them, in which there are multiple, interacting influences, as there are in complex or chaotic systems. Though there is a place in biology for both systemic and atomistic modes of explanation, for those with a theological perspective the shift to complex explanations in biology is often welcome. It suggests a more subtle view of divine action in which God's purposes (...)
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    Cognition and Emotionover Twenty-Five Years.Keith Oatley, W. Gerrod Parrott, Craig Smith & Fraser Watts - 2011 - Cognition and Emotion 25 (8):1341-1348.
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    Memory for Phobia-Related Words in Spider Phobics.Fraser N. Watts & Tim Dalgleish - 1991 - Cognition and Emotion 5 (4):313-329.
  6. Emotion Regulation and Religion.Fraser Watts - 2007 - In James J. Gross (ed.), Handbook of Emotion Regulation. Guilford Press. pp. 504--520.
  7. Mikael Stenmark Scientism: Science, Ethics and Religion. . Pp. Xi + 152. 40 , 16.99 . ISBN 0 7546 0445 4 ; 0 7546 0446 2. [REVIEW]Fraser Watts - 2004 - Religious Studies 40 (2):235-239.
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    Theology and Science of Mental Health and Well‐Being.Fraser Watts - 2018 - Zygon 53 (2):336-355.
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  9. Psychology for Christian Ministry.Fraser Watts, Rebecca Nye & Sara Savage - 2002
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    Psychological and Religious Perspectives on Emotion.Fraser N. Watts - 1997 - Zygon 32 (2):243-260.
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    Lang's Theory of Emotional Imagery.Fraser N. Watts & Andrew J. Blackstock - 1987 - Cognition and Emotion 1 (4):391-405.
  12. Jealousy and Envy.Martin P. East & Fraser N. Watts - 1999 - In Tim Dalgleish & M. J. Powers (eds.), Handbook of Cognition and Emotion. Wiley. pp. 569--588.
     
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  13. Are Science and Religion in Conflict?Fraser Watts - 1997 - Zygon 32 (1):125-138.
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    Morphic Fields and Extended Mind An Examination of the Theoretical Concepts of Rupert Sheldrake.Fraser Watts - 2011 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 18 (11-12):11-12.
    This paper examines the central theoretical concepts in the work of Rupert Sheldrake. The first section examines Sheldrake's account of morphic fields and questions whether difficulties arise when these concepts are extended upwards from the biological level. The second section reviews Sheldrake's concept of extended mind and considers the criticism that it is reductionist about mentality. In considering both of these criticisms it is argued that Sheldrake's theories can be taken in a reductive direction, but need not be. The third (...)
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    Does Primacy Belong to the Human Sciences?Fraser N. Watts - 2007 - Zygon 42 (4):807-811.
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    'Are We Really Nothing More Than Neurons?Fraser Watts - 1994 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 1 (2):275-279.
    [opening paragraph]: The first issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies carried an interview with Francis Crick about his recent book, The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul. Both the book and the interview are a mixture of science and philosophy. Crick is interested in how visual processing in the brain leads to the experience of consciously `seeing' something. It is a good scientific question, and I agree with him that it is a timely one. The first two (...)
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    Attachment, Evolution and the Psychology of Religion: A Response on Lee Kirkpatrick.Fraser Watts - 2006 - Archive for the Psychology of Religion 28 (1):63-69.
    Lee Kirkpatrick's approach to the psychology of religion involves two main theoretical positions, attachment theory and evolutionary psychology. It is argued that the former is more fruitful than the latter because it stays closer to empirical data and suggests further hypotheses for investigation. An evolutionary approach to the psychology of religion suffers from the same problem as most evolutionary psychology of not being readily testable; also some common assumptions about the evolution of religion may be less compelling than is often (...)
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  18. Exploring the Relationship Between Church Worship, Social Bonding and Moral Values.Jennifer E. Brown, Valerie van Mulukom, Jonathan Jong, Fraser Watts & Miguel Farias - 2022 - Archive for the Psychology of Religion 44 (1):3-22.
    Religion is often understood to play a positive role in shaping moral attitudes among believers. We assessed the relationship between church members’ levels of felt connectedness to their respective congregations and perceived similarity in personal and congregational moral values, and whether there was a relationship between these and the amount of time spent in synchronous movement or singing during worship. The similarity between personal and perceived congregational moral importance was correlated with feelings of closeness to one’s congregation but not by (...)
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  19. Towards a Theology of Consciousness.Fraser Watts - 1998 - In J. Cornwell (ed.), Consciousness and Human Identity. Oxford University Press. pp. 178.
     
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    Natural Theology and the Mind Sciences.Fraser Watts - 2013 - In J. H. Brooke, F. Watts & R. R. Manning (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology. Oxford Up. pp. 475.
    This chapter, which discusses how the mind sciences can be used in natural theology, identifies two aspects of human mental functioning to consider from a theological point of view. First, there is the theological significance of the general capacity for advanced mental functioning found in humans. Second, there is the theological significance of particular human capacities such as religion.
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    Why the Science and Religion Dialogue Matters: Voices From the International Society for Science and Religion.Fraser Watts & Kevin Dutton (eds.) - 2006 - Templeton Foundation Press.
    Each world faith tradition has its own distinctive relationship with science, and the science-religion dialogue benefits from a greater awareness of what this relationship is. In this book, members of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) offer international and multi-faith perspectives on how new discoveries in science are met with insights regarding spiritual realities.The essays reflect the conviction that “religion and science each proceed best when they’re pursued in dialogue with each other, and also that our fragmented and (...)
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    Discussion of the Boyle Lecture 2021.Fraser N. Watts - 2021 - Zygon 56 (3):782-785.
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    A Space of Transition and Transaction.Victor Counted & Fraser Watts - 2019 - Archive for the Psychology of Religion 41 (1):43-52.
    This rejoinder acknowledges the empirical gaps and theoretical/theological disharmony highlighted in the three selected commentaries on Place Spirituality, but we defend our central argument about the developmental pathways of PS. First, we provide an overview of recent studies on PS, highlighting what has been done so far in the field. Second, we draw from the commentaries to advance the understanding of PS in relation to three world religions: Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. Third, we evaluate the normative aspects of PS as (...)
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    The Evolution of Religious Cognition.Fraser Watts - 2020 - Archive for the Psychology of Religion 42 (1):89-100.
    Several accounts of the evolution of religion distinguish two phases: an earlier shamanic stage and a later doctrinal stage. Similarly, several theories of human cognition distinguish two cognitive modes: a phylogenetically older system that is largely intuitive and a later, more distinctively human system that is more rational and articulate. This article suggests that cognition in the earlier stage in the evolution of religion is largely at the level of intuition, whereas the cognition of doctrine or religion is more conceptual (...)
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    Mental Health and the Gospel: A Response to Christopher Cook.Fraser Watts - 2020 - Zygon 55 (4):1124-1129.
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    Editorial Introduction.Fraser Watts - 2020 - Archive for the Psychology of Religion 42 (1):3-5.
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    An Appreciation.Fraser N. Watts & Keith Oatley Co-Editor - 1995 - Cognition and Emotion 9 (1):3-4.
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    Mutual Enhancement Between Science and Religion: In the Footsteps of the Epiphany Philosophers.Fraser Watts - 2019 - Zygon 54 (4):965-983.
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    The Current State of Jealousy: A Review of Recent Books. [REVIEW]Fraser N. Watts - 1993 - Cognition and Emotion 7 (2):217-223.
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    Attachment, Evolution and the Psychology of Religion: A Response on Lee Kirkpatrick.Fraser Watts - 2006 - Archive for the Psychology of Religion / Archiv für Religionspychologie 28 (1):63-69.
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    Barbara Herrnstein Smith. Natural Reflections: Human Cognition at the Nexus of Science and Religion. Xvii + 201 Pp., Bibl., Index. New Haven, Conn./London: Yale University Press, 2009. $28 .Michael Ruse. Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science. 264 Pp., Illus., Bibl., Index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. $30. [REVIEW]Fraser Watts - 2012 - Isis 103 (1):220-222.
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    Special Issue on Evaluative Conditioning: Editorial.Fraser Watts - 1990 - Cognition and Emotion 4 (1):1-2.