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Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion

Armin W. Geertz, Aarhus University
Ryan McKay, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dimitris Xygalatas. Aarhus University

Chairs of International Advisory Board
Pascal Boyer, Washington University in St. Louis
Luther H. Martin, University of Vermont

Book review Editor
Istvan Czachesz, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg

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Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion is the official journal of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (IACSR). The Association was founded in 2006 and since then has sponsored a number of international collaborative projects and biennial conferences. A subscription to the journal is included in membership.

The cognitive science of religion is a burgeoning field that finds itself in the center of cross-disciplinary research. Cognition is understood in a variety of ways from bottom-up to top-down models and theories. New insights into cognition, culture and religion are being discovered, new ways of doing research are being established and new methodologies and technologies are being used in the cognitive science of religion. The number of scholars and scientists working in this exciting field are expanding exponentially, and the journal provides a cutting-edge publication channel for this field.

The editors will consider the following types of original papers:

General and research articles (maximum 6,000 words)
Research reports (up to 4,000 words)
Short Reports (up to 2,500 words)
Commentaries, Addenda, and Book Reviews (up to 1,500 words)
Invited target articles (up to 8,000 words)

YouTube channel of the Brno research centre LEVYNA - Laboratory for the experimental research of religions

Frequency: Continuous online publication comprising 2 issues per volume year

ISSN:2049-7555 (Print)
ISSN:2049-7563 (Online)

Indexing and Abstracting
European Reference Index (ERIH Plus)
ATLA Religion Database®

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Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg
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D-69117 Heidelberg


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Table of Contents


Editorial: Religion and Agency PDF
Ryan McKay 93-96


Priming with Religion and Supernatural Agency Enhances the Perception of Intentionality in Natural Phenomena PDF
Wieteke Nieuwboer , Hein T. van Schie , Daniël Wigboldus 97-120

Research Reports

An EEG Study on the Effects of Induced Spiritual Experiences on Somatosensory Processing and Sensory Suppression PDF
Michiel van Elk 121-157

Book Reviews

Evolution, Religion and Cognitive Science: Critical and Constructive Essays, Edited by Fraser Watts and Léon Turner. Oxford University Press, 2014. 272pp., Hb $99.00/£65.00. ISBN-13: 978-0-19-968808-1 PDF
Eva Kundtová Klocová 159-163
Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity, by Edward Slingerland. Crown Publishers, 2014. 304pp. Hb, $26.00, ISBN-13: 9780770437619; Pb. $15.00, ISBN-13: 9780770437633 PDF
Jordan Kiper 164-168
What Is Religion? by Jeppe Sinding Jensen, Routledge, 2014. 186pp., Hb. $80.00, ISBN-13: 9781844657582; Pb. 19.95, ISBN-13: 9781844657599 PDF
Leonardo Ambasciano 169-173
Thinking about Religion: Extending the Cognitive Sciences of Religion, by Aaron C. T. Smith. Palgrave MacMillan, 2014, 258pp., Hb. £63.00. ISBN-13: 9781137324740 PDF
Lluis Oviedo 174-177
Religion as Magical Ideology: How the Supernatural Reflects Rationality, by Konrad Talmont-Kaminski. Routledge, 2013. 160pp., Hb. $90.95. ISBN-13: 9781844656448 PDF
Vojtěch Kaše 178-181
Aaron C.T. Smith, Thinking about Religion
Lluis Oviedo

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