My major research interest is on the psychology of beliefs. I have used a variety of methods to study beliefs, including field experiments and neuroimaging. For my doctorate I studied the psychological implications of adherence to spiritual beliefs, including personality (Farias, Claridge, & Lalljee, 2005) and motivational factors (Farias & Lalljee, 2008). Following that I worked with philosophers and neuroscientists in exploring how religious belief modulates the experience of pain (Wiech, Farias, Kahane, Shackel, Tiede, & Tracey, 2009). I have also conducted research on conspiracy beliefs (Newheiser, Farias, & Tausch, 2011), the mental health of modern spiritual individuals (Farias, Gordon, and Underwood, 2012) and moral decision-making (Kahane et al, 2012). My most recent work focuses on the psychological effects of yoga in UK prisons (sponsored by the BIAL Foundation) and the role of non-supernatural beliefs (e.g. belief in science) in dealing with stress and anxiety.
For PDFs of selected publications, see http://oxford.academia.edu/MiguelFarias
For my music writing (in Portuguese), see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Miguel-Farias/128843653960143