Welcome

The Southern California Working Group on Culture, Cognition, and Religion is composed of scholars from a number of disciplines who share an interest in researching the cognitive foundations of religious concepts and practices.

What is the Cognitive Science of Religion?

The Cognitive Science of Religion is an emerging field of interdisciplinary research that investigates the cognitive foundations of religious concepts and practices.  Below are some of the key interests of our group:
  • The evolution of religion
  • The transmission of representations
  • The intersection of cognition and cultural practices
  • The nature of ritual
  • The neuroscience of religious experience

Our Objectives

As a working group we seek to collaborate with other researchers in related fields.  Each academic quarter, we organize a mini-conference for sharing and developing ideas.

News

  • Fuller Theological Seminary Spring conference The spring conference of the SCWGCCR was held on May 14, 2011 at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.    Schedule:   9:30-10:15   Erin Smith, UCR Psychology, "The Revenge ...
    Posted May 20, 2011, 12:28 PM by John McGraw
  • UCR Winter conference The Winter meeting of the Southern California Working Group on Culture, Cognition, and Religion was held on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at the University of California, Riverside. The speakers were ...
    Posted Mar 11, 2011, 12:38 PM by John McGraw
  • UCSB Fall conference Our second conference took place on October 16, 2010 at the UCSB campus.  Ted Slingerland (University of British Columbia-http://faculty.arts.ubc.ca/eslingerland/index.html) and Jeppe Sinding ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 1:35 PM by John McGraw
  • Andrew Newberg lecture Andrew Newberg (University of Pennsylvania-http://www.andrewnewberg.com/) gave a lecture on April 22, 2010 at UCLA.
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 1:36 PM by John McGraw
  • UCSB Spring conference Our first "mini-conference" took place on May 8, 2010 at the UCSB campus.
    Posted Nov 1, 2010, 1:35 PM by John McGraw
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