Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion

Armin W. Geertz, Aarhus University
Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo, Aarhus University
Valerie van Mulukom, Coventry University

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

Book review Editor
Istvan Czachesz, University of Tromsø

Send books for review to:
Istvan Czachesz
University of Tromsø
Institute of History and Religious Studies
PO Box 6050 Langnes
9037 Tromsø

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.

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



Issue 5.1 (2017/2019) Table of Contents-click here to view

Special Issue: Imagination & Religion

Edited by: Valerie van Mulukom


The Cognitive Science of Religion: Wherefrom, Whereto?

Armin W. Geertz , Valerie van Mulukom , Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo


The Cognitive Science of Imagination and Religion

Valerie van Mulukom

Some, But Not All, Children Believe in Miracles

Paul L. Harris , Kathleen H. Corriveau

Tell Me a Story: Religion, Imagination, and Narrative Involvement

Jessica E. Black , Molly Oberstein-Allen , Jennifer L. Barnes

Absorption, Mentalizing, and Mysticism: Sensing the Presence of the Divine

Thomas J. Coleman III , James E. Bartlett , Jenny M. Holcombe , Sally B. Swanson , Andrew Atkinson , Christopher F. Silver , Ralph W. Hood

Reimagining the Imaginaries: Towards a Biocultural Theory of (Non)religion

Mari Ovsepyan

A Room of One’s Own: Autistic Imagination as a Stage for Parasocial Interaction and Social Learning

Ingela Visuri

ADVANCE ACCESS to forthcoming issue 5.2

Issue 5.2 (2017/2019) Table of Contents-click here to view

Special Issue: Cognitive Science of Religion Methodologies

Edited by: Armin W. Geetz


Understanding the Role of Context on Memory for Maximally Counterintuitive Concepts

Mary Harmon-Vukić , M. Afzal Upal



Call for papers for submission of Filedrawer reports

With the publication of volume 6, the Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion welcomes submissions of short “filedrawer” reports (maximum of 2,500 words).  
Posted: 2020-09-21 More...
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Advancing the Cognitive Science of Religion through Replication and Open Science 6.1-2: ADVANCE ACCESS PDF
Suzanne Hoogeveen , Michiel van Elk
Fast and Slow: Questions and Observations in the Psychology of Religion 6.1-2: ADVANCE ACCESS PDF
Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi
The Computational Science of Religion 6.1-2: ADVANCE ACCESS PDF
Justin Lane , F. LeRon Shults
Past Its Prime? A Methodological Overview and Critique of Religious Priming Research in Social Psychology 6.1-2: ADVANCE ACCESS PDF
Shoko Watanabe , Sean M. Laurent
Martha Newson , Michael Buhrmester , Dimitris Xygalatas , Harvey Whitehouse
Cognitively Informed Ethnography: Using Mixed Methods to Capture the Complexity of Religious Phenomena in Two Ecologically Valid Settings 6.1-2: ADVANCE ACCESS PDF
Hugh Daniel Turpin , Mark Stanford
Promoting the Benefits and Clarifying Misconceptions about Preregistration, Preprints, and Open Science for the Cognitive Science of Religion 6.1-2: ADVANCE ACCESS PDF
Christopher Kavanagh , Rohan Kapitany

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