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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


2018.08.20 | Publication

Andersen, M., Nielbo, K. L., Schjoedt, U., Pfeiffer, T., Roepstorff, A., & Sørensen, J. (2018). Predictive minds in Ouija board sessions. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 1-12.

Ouija board sessions are illustrious examples of how subjective feelings of control – the Sense of Agency (SoA) - can be manipulated in real life settings. We present findings from a field experiment at a paranormal conference, where Ouija enthusiasts were equipped with eye trackers while using the Ouija board.

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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.