Current Research Studies

Nonbeliever Worldview and Perspectives on Death

You are invited to participate in a study examining thoughts about death. The procedure of this study will include reading a list of statements, and then indicating your agreement with the statements.  This survey should take 10-15 minutes.

Eligibility Criteria:

• Must be at least 18 years old
• Must live in the U.S.
• Must identify as someone who does not believe in God/gods (e.g., atheist, agnostic, freethinker, secular humanist, etc.)

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in participating, please click on the link below to begin the short survey:

This study is being conducted by Dr. Jacob S. Sawyer and Melissa M. Ertl at the University at Albany, SUNY, and Dr. Melanie E. Brewster at Teachers College, Columbia University. This study has been approved by the University at Albany, SUNY Institutional Review Board: Protocol #18-E-149-01. If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please feel free to contact the primary investigator via e-mail at
Thank you in advance for your time and please feel free to pass on to anyone who might be interested.

Stability ahd Change in Identity and Beliefs:  A 10-Year Study

An interdisciplinary team of seven social and behavioral scientists (including members of the ARC but headed up by the Brain, Belief, and Behavior Lab at Coventry University) is launching a new 10-year study that will examine how a number of different individual characteristics vary over time, and how these variations predict change or stability in certain aspects of individual identity.

In this study, we will follow one group of people over a 10-year period, which will involve the use of three surveys administered five years apart; this also means that you will be asked to provide an email address for record. Eligibility is limited to any member of the general United States population (U.S. citizen) who is at least 18 years of age. The survey consists of a minimum of 101 questions pertaining to various preferences, beliefs, and behaviors. The survey is estimated to take no more than 30 minutes to complete.

We will attempt to obtain a total of 4,000 U.S. respondents. Because this study covers a wide range of diverse topics, even if you do not wish to participate, we would like to ask you to please consider sending this survey link to your friends and family who might be interested, as this would be immensely helpful to us with recruiting for the study.

If you have any questions about this study that you would like to have answered prior to your participation, please contact the co-primary investigator, Thomas J. Coleman III, at If you are interested in participating in this study, please click here.