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From fire-walking to meditation, and from graduation ceremonies to wine toasting, rituals are everywhere. But what purpose do they serve? Dimitris Xygalatas combines anthropology, science, and technology to answer this question. Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas is an experimental anthropologist who specializes in the study of ritual behaviour. His research focuses on the application of scientific methods and […]
Benjamin Grant Purzycki & CERC in Nature Belief in moralistic, punitive gods that take an interest in human affairs may have facilitated the expansion of human societies, finds a study published in Nature this week. Several theories have been invoked to explain the expansion of human cooperation and societal complexity, which has been taking place since the origins […]
HECC and CERC are proud to launch the New Science of Religion Series, a video and podcast collaboration with Transliminal Media and funded by UBC and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Purzycki, B. G., Kiper, J., Shaver, J., Finkel, D. N., and Sosis, R. (2015). Religion. In Scott, Robert A., and Kosslyn, Stephen M. (eds.). Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. New York: Wiley, pp. 1-16.
Purzycki, B. G., and McNamara, R. A. (2016). An Ecological Theory of Gods’ Minds. In De Cruz, Helen and Nichols, Ryan (eds.). Advances in Religion, Cognitive Science, and Experimental Philosophy. New York: Continuum, pp. 143-167.
Purzycki, B. G. (2014). On the Dark Side of Religion and Other Forms of Impression Management. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 2(1): 29-34.
Purzycki, B. G., and McNamara, R. A. (2015). Ecology, Consensus, and Variation: Issues with Time and Persistence in Religious Systems. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 5(3): 250-253.
Paul Reddish, Penny Tok & Radek Kundt (2015): Religious Cognition and Behaviour in Autism: The Role of Mentalizing, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, DOI: 10.1080/10508619.2014.1003518
At this time of year, many Canadian households are setting up Christmas trees, lighting menorahs, celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad, or marking the solstice. And an increasing number of families are observing more than one religious holiday. As UBC psychology professor Ara Norenzayan explains, interfaith families are a part of a diverse society. They […]
Supernatural punishment, in-group biases, and material insecurity: experiments and ethnography from Yasawa, Fiji
Rita Anne McNamara, Ara Norenzayan, and Joseph Henrich “Supernatural punishment, in-group biases, and material insecurity: experiments and ethnography from Yasawa, Fiji.” Religion, Brain & Behavior Vol. 6, Iss. 1, 2016