• 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.

  • Buric, I.,Farias, M., Jong, J. Mee, C., Brazil, I. (2017). What is the molecular signature of mind-body interventions? A systematic review of gene expression changes induced by meditation and related practices. Frontiers in Immunology, 8, p. 670.

  • 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.

  • Alminhana, L.,Farias, M., Claridge, G., Cloninger, C., & Moreira-Almeida, A. (2017). Self-Directedness predicts quality of life in individuals with psychotic experiences: A one-year follow up study.Psychopathology, doi: 10.1159/000474951.

  • 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.


  • Farias, M. & Wikholm, C. (2016). Has the science of mindfulness lost its mind? British Journal of Psychiatry Bulletin, 1-4, doi: 10.1192/pb.bp.116.053686.


  •  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.


  • 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
  •  Bilderbeck, A., Farias, M., Brazil, I., Jacobowitz, S., and Wikholm, C. (2013) Participation in a 10-week course of yoga improves behavioural control and decreases psychological distress in a prison population. Journal of Psychiatric Research 47, 1438-1445.

  • 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., Shackel, N., & Kahane, G. (2019). The scientific study of religious belief and pain modulation: Conceptual problems. In Spirituality, Religiousness and Health, 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.