• Charles, S., van Mulukom, V., Brown, J., Watts, F., Dunbar, R., & Farias, M. (2021). United on Sunday: The effects of secular rituals on social bonding and affect. PLoS ONE, 16(1): e0242546.
  • Farias, M., Maraldi, E., Wallenkampf, K., & Lucchetti, G. (2020). Adverse events in meditation practices and meditation‐based therapies: a systematic review. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.
  • Charles, S. J., Farias, M., van Mulukom, V., Saraswati, A, Watts, F., Dein, S., Dunbar, R. I. M. (2020) Blocking mu-opioid receptors inhibits social bonding in rituals. Biology Letters 16, 20200485.
  • Charles, S., Farias, M. & Dunbar, R. (2020). The aetiology of social deficits within mental health disorders: The role of the immune system and endogenous opioids. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity. 1, 100003.  
  • Maraldi, E., & Farias, M.(2019). Assessing Implicit Spirituality in a non-WEIRD Population: Development and Validation of an Implicit Measure of New Age and Paranormal Beliefs. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.  org/10.1080/10508619.2019.1661198
  • Farias, M. & Newheiser, A. (2019). The effects of belief in God and science on acute stress. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 6, 214-223.
  • Farias, M.,Coleman, T., Bartlett, J., Oviedo, L., Soares, P.,  Santos, T., Bas, M. (2018). Atheists on the Santiago Way: Examining motivations to go on pilgrimage. Sociology of Religion, 88, 28-44.
  • Kreplin, U.* & Farias, M.*, Brazil, I. (2018)(*Joint first authors). Can meditation make the world a better place? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the prosocial effects of meditation. Scientific Reports, 8, 2403.
  • Farias, M., van Mulukom, V.,Kahane, G. Kreplin, U., Joyce, A., Soares, P., Oviedo, L., Hernu, M., Rokita, K., Savulescu, J., & Möttönen, R. Mottonen, R. (2017). Supernatural belief is not modulated by intuitive thinking style or cognitive inhibition. Scientific Reports, 7, 15100.
  • Alminhana, L.,Farias, M., Claridge, G., Cloninger, C., & Moreira-Almeida, A. (2017). How to tell a happy from an unhappy schizotype: Personality factors and mental health outcomes in individuals with psychotic experiences. Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria. 39(2),126-132.
  • Farias, M., Wikholm, C., & Delmonte, R. (2016). What is mindfulness-based therapy good for? Evidence, limitations and controversies. The Lancet Psychiatry, vol. 3(11), 1012-1013. https://3/lancet-psychiatry-2016.pdf
  •  Delmonte, R., Lucchetti, G., Moreira-Almeida, A., & Farias, M. (2016). Can DSM 5 differentiate between non-pathological possession and dissociative identity disorder? A case study from an Afro-Brazilian religion. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 17(3), 322-337. https://possession-and-dsm-5.pdf
  • Goldingay, S., Dieppe, P., and Farias, M. (2014) ‘And the pain just disappeared into insignificance…’: The healing response at Lourdes – performance, psychology and caring.’. International Review of Psychiatry 26 (3), 315
  • Oviedo, L., de Courcier, S., & Farias, M. (2013). Rise of pilgrims on the camino to Santigo: Sign of change or religious revival? Review of Religious Research, 56(3), 433-442.
  • Wiech, K., Kahane, G., Shackel, N., Farias, M., Savolescu, M., & Tracey, I. (2012). Cold or Calculating? Reduced activity in the subgenual cingulate cortex reflects decreased emotional aversion to harming in counterintuitive utilitarian judgment. Cognition, 126(3), 364-372.
  • Howard, G., Hill, T., Maxwell, S., Baptista, T., Farias, M., Coelho, C., Coulter-Kern, M. & Coulter-Kern, R. (2009). What’s wrong with research literatures? And how to make them right. Review of General Psychology, 13(2), 146-166.
  • Farias, M. (2006). A psychological study of New Age practices and beliefs. Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies, 2, 105-115.
  • Farias, M., Santos, T., and Soares, P. (2002). Religion in Portugal. In Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann (eds.) Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, vol. 3 ( 1026-1029). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.
  • Farias, M. & Santos, T. (1999). New Religious Movements in Portugal: Past, Present and Future. Sociedade e Estado, 14(1), 203-214.


  • Farias, M. & Coleman, T. (2021). Nonreligion, atheism, and mental health. In Spirituality and Mental Health Across Cultures: Evidence-Based Implications for Clinical Practice (Eds. Alexander Moreira-Almeida, Bruno Paz Mosqueiro, & Dinesh Bhugra). Oxford University Press.
  • Farias, M., Shackel, N., & Kahane, G. (2019). The scientific study of religious belief and pain modulation: Conceptual problems. In Spirituality, Religiousness and Hhealth, edited by G. Lucchetti et al. (pp. 49-67). Springer Nature.
  • Farias, M. (2014). Inside the spiritual mind: Cognitive implications of religious versus spiritual engagement. In Present day spiritualities: Contrasts or overlap?, edited by E. Hense, F. Jespers, & P. Nissen: Leiden: Brill.
  • Farias, M. & Hense, E. (2008). Concepts and misconceptions in the scientific study of spirituality. In Religion, Spirituality and Social Sciences: Challenging marginalization edited by B. Spalek and A. Imtoual (pp. 163-176). Bristol, UK: Policy Press.



  • Farias, M. & Barrett, J. (Guest Editors) (2013). Special issue: New trends in the cognitive science of religion. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 23(1).
  • Amoroso, R., Antunes, R., Coelho, C., Farias, , Leite, A., & Soares, P. (Eds.) (2000). Science and the Primacy of Consciousness. Orinda, CA: Noetic Press.
  • Farias, M., Coelho, C., Soares, P., Leite, A. & Antunes, R. (Eds.) (1998) A Vivência do Sagrado: Sociedade, Indivíduo e Tradição. Lisbon: Hugin Press.


  • Farias, M. (2020). The mindful elite: Mobilizing from the inside out, by Jamie Kucinskas, Oxford University Press. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
  • Clemente, I. & Farias, M. (2014). The Cambridge companion to Miracles, edited by Graham H. Twelftree, Cambridge University Press. Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture, 7(1), 101-104.
  • Farias, M. (2005). New Age: A Guide. Alternative Spiritualities from Aquarian Conspiracy to Next Age, by Daren Kemp. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 44 (1), 113.
  • Farias, M. and Coelho, C. (2000). The Last laugh: A new philosophy of near-death experiences, apparitions and the paranormal, by Raymond Moody. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 7 (5), 94.