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Originally from the United Kingdom, Dr Jonathan Ramsay came to Asia in 2009 and is now an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Student Engagement at James Cook University, Singapore. He received a PhD in psychology from Nanyang Technological University in 2014, and a BA in psychology and physiology from the University of Oxford in 2005. Prior to joining JCU he was a Lecturer and then a Senior Lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).

His research interests span areas of personality and social psychology, with a particular emphasis on the psychology of religion and spirituality. His current research projects examine the ways in which religion influences supernatural explanations of events, as well the relationships between openness to experience facets, tolerance, and prejudice.

Jonathan has published in many international peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature Human Behaviour, the Journal of Personality, Political Psychology, and Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. He is an editorial board member for the Asian Journal of Social Psychology, the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, and Frontiers in Psychology. He is also the recipient of several internal and external research grants.

I am currently seeking expressions of interest from potential PhD students wishing to work in one of the research areas listed below.

Teaching
  • PY2110: Intersections of Psychology and Law: Forensic Psychology (Level 2; SIN)
  • PY3106: Historical Narratives: Foundations of Modern Psychology (Level 3; SIN)
Interests
Research
  • Religion/Spirituality, Supernatural Explanations, and Well-Being
  • The Psychology of Eastern Religions (esp. Buddhism, Taoism)
  • Sacred moments and self-transcendence
  • Openness, Tolerance, and Prejudice
  • Authoritarianism across Cultures
Experience
  • 2016 to 2018 - Senior Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences (Singapore)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences (Singapore)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2010 to 2014 - NTU Research Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University
  • 2013 - Best Group Presentation Award, East Asian University Institute for Asian Regional Integration Summer School, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, July 2013
  • 2012 to 2013 - Home Team Research Award, Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs
Publications

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles
  • Cetty L, Jeyagurunathan A, Roystonn K, Devi F, Abdin E, Tang C, Verma S, Chong S, Ramsay J and Subramaniam M (in press) Religiosity, Religious Coping and Distress Among Outpatients with Psychosis in Singapore. Journal of Religion and Health,
  • Hoogeveen S, Sarafoglou A, Aczel B, Aditya Y, Alayan A, Allen P, Altay S, Alzahawi S, Amir Y, Anthony F, Kwame Appiah O, Atkinson Q, Baimel A, Balkaya-Ince M, Balsamo M, Banker S, Bartoš F, Becerra M, Beffara B, Beitner J, Bendixen T, Berkessel J, Berni?nas R, Billet M, Billingsley J, Bortolini T, Breitsohl H, Bret A, Brown F, Brown J, Brumbaugh C, Buczny J, Bulbulia J, Caballero S, Carlucci L, Carmichael C, Cattaneo M, Charles S, Claessens S, Panagopoulos M, Costa A, Crone D, Czoschke S, Czymara C, D'Urso E, Dahlström Ö, Rosa A, Danielsson H, De Ron J, de Vries Y, Dean K, Dik B, Disabato D, Doherty J, Draws T, Drouhot L, Dujmovic M, Dunham Y, Ebert T, Edelsbrunner P, Eerland A, Elbaek C, Farahmand S, Farahmand H, Farias M, Feliccia A, Fischer K, Fischer R, Fisher-Thompson D, Francis Z, Frick S, Frisch L, Geraldes D, Gerdin E, Geven L, Ghasemi O, Gielens E, Gligori? V, Hagel K, Hajdu N, Hamilton H, Hamzah I, Hanel P, Hawk C, K. Himawan K, Holding B, Homman L, Ingendahl M, Inkilä H, Inman M, Islam C, Isler O, Izydorczyk D, Jaeger B, Johnson K, Jong J, Karl J, Kaszubowski E, Katz B, Keefer L, Kelchtermans S, Kelly J, Klein R, Kleinberg B, Knowles M, Ko?czy?ska M, Koller D, Krasko J, Kritzler S, Krypotos A, Kyritsis T, L. Landes T, Laukenmann R, Forsyth G, Lazar A, Lehman B, Levy N, Lo R, Lodder P, Lorenz J, ?owicki P, Ly A, Maassen E, Magyar-Russell G, Maier M, Marsh D, Martinez N, Martinie M, Martoyo I, Mason S, Mauritsen A, McAleer P, McCauley T, McCullough M, McKay R, McMahon C, McNamara A, Means K, Mercier B, Mitkidis P, Monin B, Moon J, Moreau D, Morgan J, Murphy J, Muscatt G, Nägel C, Nagy T, Nalborczyk L, Nilsonne G, Noack P, Norenzayan A, Nuijten M, Olsson-Collentine A, Oviedo L, Pavlov Y, Pawelski J, Pearson H, Pedder H, Peetz H, Pinus M, Pirutinsky S, Polito V, Porubanova M, Poulin M, Prenoveau J, Prince M, Protzko J, Pryor C, Purzycki B, Qiu L, Pütter J, Rabelo A, Radell M, Ramsay J, Reid G, J. Roberts A, Luna L, Ross R, Roszak P, Roy N, Saarelainen S, Sasaki J, Schaumans C, Schivinski B, Schmitt M, Schnitker S, Schnuerch M, Schreiner M, Schüttengruber V, Sebben S, Segerstrom S, Seryczy?ska B, Shjoedt U, Simsek M, Sleegers W, Smith E, Sowden W, Späth M, Spörlein C, Stedden W, Stoevenbelt A, Stuber S, Sulik J, Suwartono C, Syropoulos S, Szaszi B, Szecsi P, Tappin B, Tay L, Thibault R, Thompson B, Thurn C, Torralba J, Tuthill S, Ullein A, Van Aert R, van Assen M, Van Cappellen P, van den Akker O, Van der Cruyssen I, Van der Noll J, van Dongen N, Van Lissa C, van Mulukom V, van Ravenzwaaij D, van Zyl C, Ann Vaughn L, Ve?kalov B, Verschuere B, Vianello M, Vilanova F, Vishkin A, Vogel V, Vogelsmeier L, Watanabe S, White C, Wiebels K, Wiechert S, Willett Z, Witkowiak M, Witvliet C, Wiwad D, Wuyts R, Xygalatas D, Yang X, Yeo D, Yilmaz O, Zarzeczna N, Zhao Y, Zijlmans J, van Elk M and Wagenmakers E (in press) A many-analysts approach to the relation between religiosity and well-being. Religion, Brain & Behavior,
  • Hoogeveen S, Haaf J, Bulbulia J, Ross R, McKay R, Altay S, Bendixen T, Berniunas R, Cheshin A, Gentili C, Georgescu R, Gervais W, Hagel K, Kavanagh C, Levy N, Neely A, Qiu L, Rabelo A, Ramsay J, Rutjens B, Turpin H, Uzarevic F, Wuyts R, Xygalatas D and van Elk M (2022) The Einstein effect: global evidence for scientific source credibility effects and the influence of religiosity. Nature Human Behaviour, 6. pp. 523-535
  • Lin P, Ramsay J, Chan K, Lim B and Tong E (2022) Self-transcendence through self-inhibition?: God primes reduce self-accessibility. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 14 (1). pp. 31-42
  • Ramsay J, Khong Z and Yeo J (in press) The God of Big (And Good) Things: Religious Priming, Event Properties, and Supernatural Explanations. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion,
  • Ng D, Lin P, Marsh N, Chan K and Ramsay J (2021) Associations between openness facets, prejudice, and tolerance: a scoping review with meta-analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 12.
  • Ramsay J (2020) Authoritative maternal parenting associates with the explicit need for autonomy. Journal of Individual Differences, 41. pp. 110-116
  • Lau G and Ramsay J (2019) Salvation with fear and trembling? Scrupulous fears inconsistently mediate the relationship between religion and well-being. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 22 (8). pp. 844-859
  • Ramsay J, Tong E, Chowdhury A and Ho M (2019) Teleological explanation and positive emotion serially mediate the effect of religion on well‐being. Journal of Personality, 87 (3). pp. 676-689
  • Gervais W, van Elk M, Xygalatas D, McKay R, Aveyard M, Buchtel E, Dar-Nimrod I, Kundtová Klocová E, Ramsay J, Riekki T, Svedholm-Häkkinen A and Bulbulia J (2018) Analytic atheism: a cross-culturally weak and fickle phenomenon? Judgment and Decision Making, 13 (3). pp. 268-274
  • Qiu L, Chen J, Ramsay J and Lu J (2018) Personality predicts words in favorite songs. Journal of Research in Personality, 78. pp. 25-35
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 22+ research outputs authored by Dr Jonathan Ramsay from 2012 onwards.

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

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  • Levels of religiosity and spirituality, and attitudes towards discussing them in therapy - A study on clients and psychotherapists in Singapore (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Investigating the Death Positivity and God-serving Biases in Implicit Afterlife beliefs (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Characterisation, measurement, and enhancement of interfaith curiosity: A multi-study investigation (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The development and validation of a Buddhist religiosity scale using a combined emic and etic approach (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Curiosity and Video Gaming: How Curiosity Relates to Video Gaming Behaviours and Addiction (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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