Supernatural punishment and individual social compliance across cultures

Religion, Brain & Behavior Vol/Iss. 1 (2) Routledge Published In Pages: 119-134
By Bourrat, Pierrick , Atkinson, Quentin D. , Dunbar, Robin I.M.


Individual cooperation will be positively correlated with societal belief in invisible supernatural agents (High gods, theories of spirit aggression, and warning).


“Warning” was the only supernatural agent to be found significant and negatively correlated with an individual cooperation measure (prosocial education: p=.009, b= -.37). However it did not stay significant after controlling for region, religion, and contact with other societies.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Kendall's tauNot supportedp> .1UNKNOWNTwo-tailed