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The cognitive science of religion

By Cristine Legare, Andrew Shtulman, Jesse Bering and Harvey Whitehouse


explanations; religious cognition. The study of religious cognition The cognitive science of religion has recently emerged as an important topic of study by both cognitive psychologists (e.g. Rosengren, Johnson, & Harris, 2000; Legare & Gelman, 2008) and anthropologists (e.g. Boyer, 2001; Whitehouse, 2004). How can we explain a phenomenon as diverse and variable as religion in terms of the universality of the human mind? Recent research has demonstrated that the explanation for religious beliefs and behaviors can be found in basic features of human cognition (e.g. Bering, 2004; 2006; Shtulman, 2008). Although religion is increasingly recognized as a legitimate subject for study by cognitive scientists, this area of human experience remains somewhat neglected by experimental psychology. In thi

Topics: cognitive science of religion, supernatural
Year: 2014
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