Overreporting Religion

checkbox_checked-1In the story “Why People Exaggerate Religious Behavior” on NPR this morning, Shankar Vedantam and Steve Inskeep discussed a study about self-reports of religious behavior. By comparing reports of religious behavior, specifically prayer in Pakistan, Turkey, and Palestine, to diary accounts and other observations of behavior by the same respondents, the researcher identifies a commonality among those who overreport the behavior, both in this study and prior studies of church attendance in the US. Continue reading “Overreporting Religion”