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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


2019.12.05 | News type

New Phd-fellow at the RCC

The RCC are very happy to announce the arrival of a new phd-fellow, Theiss Bendixen, in January 2020. He will be working with Benjamin Purzycki on a project with the title “Accounting for Cross-Cultural Variation in Beliefs about Gods’ Minds”. Furthermore, associate professor Jesper Sørensen has been awarded a Carlsberg grant to write his…

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.


Thu 14 May
00:00-00:00 | Aarhus
Nordic Network for the Cognitive Science of Religion
Next meeting will take place in Aarhus.


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.