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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


2020.02.19 | News type

New article out today in Royal Society Open Science: ”An empirical assessment of transparency and reproducibility-related research practices in the social sciences (2014–2017)”

At RCC we embrace sound open science practices! We are also actively engaged in various research projects assessing the use of open science practices and other avenues for improving the scientific process. See for instance this newly published paper, which involved PhD fellow at RCC Theiss Bendixen: ”An empirical assessment of transparency and…

2020.02.06 | News type

Interview with Dr. Ben Purzycki

Is religion inherently intertwined with morality? A conversation between Religion for Breakfast and evolutionary anthropologist and cognitive scientist of religion, Benjamin Purzycki from Aarhus University

2020.01.21 | News type

Carlsberg grant awarded to Jesper Sørensen

RCC is proud to announce that Jesper Sørensen has been awarded a one-year Carlsberg grant to write his forthcoming book ‘Towards a cultural immunology’.


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2020.02.06 | News type

New article from Phd-fellow at the RCC, Theiss Bendixen

New article from Theiss Bendixen, Phd-fellow at the RCC: Sense or non-sense? A critical discussion of a recent evolutionary–cognitive approach to “folk-economic beliefs”

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.