Current Research Studies

Non-Believing Americans, Community, and Identity

You are invited to participate in a research study examining community involvement and other lived experiences among atheist individuals.

We are using the term “atheist” broadly to capture people who are nonbelievers – if you identify as secular humanist, agnostic, or with another non-believing identity (i.e., freethinker, skeptic) you may still participate if you like. You will have an option to further specify nuances in your non-believing identity later in the survey.

You qualify to take part in this research study if you are:

(1) 18 years old or over
(2) Identify as atheist (i.e., a non-believer)
(3) Live in the United States

If you have any questions about taking part in this research study, you should contact Melanie Brewster by phone (212-678-7441) or email ( This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Teachers College, Columbia University (Protocol #16-400).

To participate, click the link below (or copy/paste it into your browser):

Thinking Styles Study

Previous research has shown that how we process events influences what we believe. It is currently not entirely clear how thinking processes influence belief. The aim of this study is to further investigate this. You will be presented with a number of questionnaires investigating how people process events and what kind of beliefs people have; the study should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. This project is being carried out by Dr Valerie van Mulukom, Dr Miguel Farias, and graduate student Thomas J. Coleman III, for the Research Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University.