The Cognitive Science of Religion: A Methodological Introduction to Key Empirical Studies (Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation) (Paperback)

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The Cognitive Science of Religion: A Methodological Introduction to Key Empirical Studies (Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation) (Paperback)

By D. Jason Slone (Editor), Donald Wiebe (Editor), Luther H. Martin (Editor)

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The Cognitive Science of Religion introduces students to key empirical studies conducted over the past 25 years in this new and rapidly expanding field. In these studies, cognitive scientists of religion have applied the theories, findings and research tools of the cognitive sciences to understanding religious thought, behaviour and social dynamics. Each chapter is written by a leading international scholar, and summarizes in non-technical language the original empirical study conducted by the scholar. No prior or statistical knowledge is presumed, and studies included range from the classic to the more recent and innovative cases.

Students will learn about the theories that cognitive scientists have employed to explain recurrent features of religiosity across cultures and historical eras, how scholars have tested those theories, and what the results of those tests have revealed and suggest. Written to be accessible to undergraduates, this provides a much-needed survey of empirical studies in the cognitive science of religion.
D. Jason Slone is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Georgia Southern University, USA. William W. McCorkle Jr. is Senior Research Fellow at the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion and Ritual, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, and is Distinguished Fellow at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is co-editor of Mental Culture (2013) and the author of Ritualizing the Disposal of the Deceased (2010). He is also the managing editor of the Journal of Cognitive Historiography.
Product Details ISBN: 9781350033689
ISBN-10: 1350033685
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: January 10th, 2019
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation