Studying the Religious Mind: Methodology in the Cognitive Science of Religion

Armin Geertz (Editor), Leonardo Ambasciano, Esther Eidinow, Luther H. Martin, Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo, Nickolas P. Roubekas, Valerie van Mulukom, Dimitris Xygalatas

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The cognitive science of religion does not have its own methodology, and yet from the very beginnings of the discipline, methodology has defined it not only in relation to the general study of religion in the humanities but also to the sciences interested in the mind. Scholars of the cognitive science of religion are using a range of methodologies, borrowing mostly from the cognitive sciences and experimental psychology, but also from biology, archaeology, history, philosophy, linguistics, the social and statistical sciences, neurosciences, and anthropology. In fact, this multi-disciplinarity defines the cognitive science of religion. Such multi-disciplinarity requires hard work and truly interdisciplinary teams, but also continual reflections on and debates about the methodologies being used. In fact, no study of the cognitive science of religion worth its name can rely on only one methodology. Triangulation is standard, but often even more approaches are used.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSheffield, UK
PublisherEquinox Publishing
Number of pages536
ISBN (Electronic)9781800501621
ISBN (Print)9781800501607, 9781800501614
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Cognitive Science of Religion
PublisherEquinox Publishers


  • religion
  • cognitive science
  • cognitive science of religion
  • methodology


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