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Public spaces are a common part of our daily routines: we walk along the street, spend time at the local park, or shop and dine along the main road. While in public spaces, we pass by public buildings, posters, street art, and symbols. To what extent does urban space influence our sociopolitical behaviors? ReligSpace investigates this question by focusing on the impact that cultural symbols in the public sphere have on immigrants’ attitudes and behaviors.

Funded by the European Research Council (ERC) [ID 804031], ReligSpace is the first large-scale research project examining the causal effect of exposure to spatial cultural cues on sociopolitical acculturation. We conduct comparative experiments in Tel Aviv, Paris, and London using innovative VR technologies and unique GPS navigation devices.

The project opens new horizons in the understanding of aggregated cultural effects in real-world settings and offers insight into the dynamics that would advance the development of a more inclusive society via nuanced policies and informed urban planning.

 

Latest News

 

MPSA 2022

Conference

8 April, 2022

ReligSpace at MPSA 

Our PI, Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom, presented a paper at the 2022 Midwest Political Science Association hybrid conference.

 

 

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Research

7 March, 2022

ReligSpace is in London

Our British team is preparing the routes for the AR field research in southern London.

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Team

1 March, 2022

ReligSpace congratulates Rasha

We are proud and thrilled to congratulate Dr. Rashs Kardosh, who won the Fulbright Scholarship and the Rothschild Scholarship.

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Team

1 March, 2022

ReligSpace congratulates Allon

We are proud and thrilled to congratulate Dr. Allon Vishkin, who accepted a Tenure Track position at the Technion. 

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Team

1 February, 2022

ReligSpace welcomes Ilona

We are happy to welcome Ilona Hillel Goldner, who joins the team as a graduate student. 

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Research

18 January, 2022

Zoom Summit

Our teams from Tel-Aviv, Paris, and London had a zoom meeting to welcome the new British colleagues joining the project.

Paris

Research

12 January, 2022

ReligSpace is in Paris

Our French team began the AR field research in the Parisian neighborhood of Bellville.

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Research

15 December, 2021

ReligSpace completes the fieldwork in Tel Aviv

Our Israeli team has completed the AR field research in South Tel Aviv - Jaffa. We proceed to the next step: data analysis.

EJSP

Publication

19 November, 2021

A new paper by ReligSpace team

“A Motivational Framework of Religion: Tying Together the Why and the How of Religion” will be published soon in the European Journal of Social Psychology.

 

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Research

7 November, 2021

Preparing the Paris research

Our Israeli and French teams meet in Paris to prepare the local AR field research.

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Research

1 September, 2021

ReligSpace is in the field

We completed the first stage of the AR field research in southern Tel-Aviv – Jaffa.

IACCP

Conference

16 July, 2021

ReligSpace at the IACCP Summer School

Our team member Allon Vishkin gave two talks at the Virtual IACCP Culture & Psychology Summer School titled "Connecting the why and the how: Motivations to be religious predict" and "A means-ends framework of acculturation"

Tel Aviv Jaffa

Research

15 July, 2021

ReligSpace is in the field

Our Israeli team starts running the AR field experiment in Tel-Aviv Jaffa. 

Jaffa, July 21

Research

12 July, 2021

ReligSpace is in the field

Our team meets in Jaffa for final preparations for the AR field experiment. 

ISPP

Conference

11 July, 2021

ReligSpace at the ISPP 2021 annual conference 

The ReligSpace team presented a paper at the virtual annual conference of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), titled "A motivational framework of religion: Tying together the why and the how of religion"

Brain and Behavior

Publication

24 June, 2021

A new journal publication 

In a journal publication, our team explores links between motivation and acculturation. “A Motivational Framework of Acculturation” is now available online in Brain and Behavior.

 

 

MoHeaP 2021

Conference

8 June, 2021

ReligSpace at the MoHeaP 

Our team member, Amit Birenboim, presented our work at the 2021 annual workshop of Mobility, Health and Place, hosted by the University of Zurich, Switzerland. 

SSM 2021

Conference

13 May, 2021

ReligSpace at the SSM 13th annual meeting

ReligSpace team member Allon Vishkin presented our work at the 2021 virtual annual conference of the Society for the Science of Motivation (SSM).

APP

Publication

23 April, 2021

A new journal publication

In a journal publication, our team explores the conceptualization of religion. “Religion and Democratic Commitment: A Unifying Motivational Framework” is now available online in Advances in Political Psychology

 

 

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News

15 March, 2021

Excellence Scholarship – Hila Levit 

We are proud to congratulate ReligSpace team member Hila Levit for winning the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Excellence Scholarship of the Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University.

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Research

21 February, 2021

ReligSpace team meetings

During lockdowns, our team meetings occur only via Zoom. We discuss the preparations for the naturalistic experiments in Tel Aviv and Paris.

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News

14 January, 2021

PhD approval – Rasha Kardosh 

We are proud to congratulate Rasha for the approval of her PhD thesis, titled “The Nonconscious Cognitive Mechanics of Ideologies,” by the Faculty of Social Sciences and by the Senate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Research

8 December, 2020

ReligSpace is in the field

Our French team, Elodie and Nonna, explores routes for the naturalistic experiment in Paris's eleventh arrondissement.

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Team

1 November, 2020

ReligSpace welcomes Nilli 

We are happy to welcome Nilli Namdar, who is joining the team as an MA researcher.

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Research

29 October, 2020

ReligSpace is in the field

Between lockdowns, the team meets in southern Tel Aviv. We explore the neighborhoods and locate routes for the naturalistic experiment.

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Team

1 October, 2020

ReligSpace welcomes Rasha 

We are excited to welcome Rasha Kardosh, who is joining the team as a postdoctoral researcher, focusing on priming.

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Team

1 August, 2020

ReligSpace welcomes Allon 

We are delighted to welcome Allon Vishkin, who is joining the team as a postdoctoral researcher, focusing on the conceptualization and validation of religiosity level and creating an index of acculturation levels.

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Conference

16 July, 2020

ReligSpace is at the ISPP 2020 Annual Meeting

ReligSpace PI, Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom, participated in the 2020 Annual Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), which was held virtually.

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News

7 July, 2020

PhD approval – Orni Livny 

We are proud to congratulate our project administrator, Orni Livny, for receiving her PhD in political sciences from Tel Aviv University. Her thesis is titled "Between protection of the immigrant and protection from the immigrant. 

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News

17 June, 2020

PhD approval – Elodie Druez

We are proud to congratulate our French team member, Elodie Druez, for a successful defense of her PhD thesis, titled "Is Blackness political? Racialization and politicization of university graduates of sub-Saharan descent in Paris and London."

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Team

1 March, 2020

ReligSpace welcomes Hila 

We are happy to welcome Hila Levit from Tel Aviv University, who is joining the team as a doctoral researcher and the local coordinator in Tel Aviv.

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Team

1 January, 2020

ReligSpace welcomes Elodie 

We are delighted to welcome Elodie Druez from Sciences Po, Paris, who is joining the team as a postdoctoral researcher and the local coordinator in Paris.

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Research

1 January, 2020

ReligSpace is in the field

We are excited to run the first field experiment with students at the Mt. Scopus campus, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ithamar

News

20 September, 2019

Mazal Tov!

Ithamar Bloom joins the team! Our PI, Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom, gave birth to a beautiful boy – Ithamar. Mazal Tov to Pazit, Gadi, and Yoav!

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News

15 July, 2019

Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom wins the Erik Erikson Award

Congratulations to our PI, Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom, for winning the Erik Erikson Award for Early Career Achievement in the Field of Political Psychology at the ISPP 2019 annual Meeting, Lisbon.

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Research

24 June, 2019

VR experiment

The ReligSpace team runs a VR experiment with students at the Political Psychology Lab on the Mt. Scopus campus. The experiment is part of the pretests for the naturalistic experiment.

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Research

1 June, 2019

ReligSpace is starting the pretests

Our team is starting to run a series of surveys and pretests in Israel and the UK to validate measures of religiosity and acculturation.

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Team

5 April, 2019

ReligSpace welcomes Orni 

We are happy to welcome Orni Livny, who joins the team as the administrator of the project.

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Research

1 April, 2019

ReligSpace is getting underway!

The ReligSpace team is officially taking up its work. We are excited to start our fascinating journey!

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