Religion, Cognition and Culture


The Religion, Cognition and Culture (RCC) research unit explores the dynamic interrelations between religion, cognition and culture from both top-down and bottom-up disciplinary approaches. Its scientific methodology is explicitly interdisciplinary and draws on and practices laboratory methods as well as fieldwork, textual, iconological and archaeological methods in close cooperation with its partners in psychology, the neurosciences and the humanities.

RCC is part of the research programme Interdisciplinary Research in Religion and a research unit at the School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University.


Uffe Schjødt

Associate professor

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Earlier programs


Thu 26 Oct
12:00-13:00 | Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, Bldg. 1451, room 515 (Capitol)
DYSTOPIA I + II: Results from a horror Study and beyond
Presentation by Associate professor Mathias Clasen & Postdoc Marc Andersen, both AU
Thu 02 Nov
12:00-13:00 | Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, Bldg. 1451, room 515 (Capitol)
Trauma and prayer in Northern Uganda
Presentation by Lars Hedegaard Williams, PhD Fellow, AU
Thu 09 Nov
12:00-14:00 | Nobel Auditorium, bldg. 1482, room 105
Religious Experience. Presentation by Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford University
Further information will follow
Fri 10 Nov
10:00-12:00 | IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312, 8000 Aarhus C
Theory of Minds
Workshop with Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford University
Thu 16 Nov
12:00-13:00 | Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, bldg. 1451, room 515 (Capitol)
Rejsen ud af kaninens pels. En fortælling om overtro, videnskab og den virkelige verdens vidunderligheder.
Bogpræsentation på dansk ved Theiss Bendixen (forfatter og stud.psych.)


2017.09.14 | Events, Research

RCC will be hosting the NNCSR annual meeting, May 16th -18th, 2018

Get updated on the latest research within cognitive science of religion!

2017.08.29 | Visit, Seminar

Tanya Luhrmann visits RCC

Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann (Stanford University) will be visiting our research Group in November

2017.08.08 | Grants

Research grant received to study the hidden nature of unbelief

Together with co-investigator Michiel van Elk (Amsterdam University) and principal investigator Marjaana Lindeman (Helsinki University) we have received a grant to study the hidden nature of unbelief by combining survey research with cognitive neuroscience. The project is part of a larger research project

New PhD fellow

Mathilde Hernu has been granted a joint PhD scholarship between Queen's University Belfast and Aarhus University for the period 1 September 2016 - 31 August 2019. Mathilde’s topic of research is the coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations.

New editor of Religion, Brain & Behavior

Uffe Schjødt has accepted the position as co-editor of Religion, Brain & Behavior, arguably, the leading journal in cognitive science of religion.