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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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Earlier programs


Thu 19 Sep
00:00-00:00 | Stockholm
Network Meeting
The RCC will be attending the Nordic Network for the Cognitive Science of Religion meeting in Stockholm. Keynote speakers are Karin Jensen from Harvard Medical School / Karolinska Institute and Benjamin Purzycki from Aarhus University
Thu 26 Sep
12:00-13:00 | 1451, 515
Lunch meeting at the RCC
Benjamin Purzycki, new associate professor at the Department for the Study of Religion, will present his current work linking to the debate on 'Big Gods'. Everyone is welcome.


2019.09.13 | News type

Call for Phd in the evolutionary and cognitive study of religion

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF Starting Grant), invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in "Accounting for Cross-Cultural Variation in Beliefs about Gods’ Minds".

2019.09.11 | Faculty

Professor Anders Klostergaard Petersen will be joining the Academia Europaea.

Professor Anders Klostergaard Petersen, close collaborator of the RCC, will join the Academia Europaea at ceremony in Barcelona.

2019.09.10 | Faculty

New Phd at the RCC

Anne Lundahl Mauritsen will be conducting her Phd with Uffe Schjødt, Aarhus University as main supervisor and Armin Geertz, Aarhus University and Jon Lanman, Queens University of Belfast as co-supervisors. Her PhD project investigates the notion of ’irreligion’ from a cognitive perspective in a Danish context utilizing both qualitative and…

2019.09.10 | Faculty

New Associate Professor at the Department for the Study of Religion

Benjamin will study the processes responsible for religious systems' covariance with threats to cooperation and coordination and assesses their effectiveness in alleviating those threats

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!

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.