Freeway InterchangeA number of blogs and websites are dedicated to reporting or commenting on ongoing research in the cognitive and bio-cultural study of religion, including the use of modeling and simulation.

Research Centers and Institutes

Arizona State University School of Politics and Global Studies. At ASU, researchers Carolyn Warner and George Thomas are using computer simulation tools to process information gathered from worldwide informants about the relationship between religion and violent conflict for an National Science Foundation-funded project,  “Agents of Change: the Dynamics of Religion and Conflict.”

The Experimental Anthropology Lab at the University of Connecticut. This dedicated lab at UConn is focused on conducting high-quality empirical research into the cognitive and biological underpinnings of cooperation and and bonding, with a special focus on ritual and religion.

The Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion. A private, nonprofit research institute dedicated to combining biological, evolutionary, and cognitive approaches to religion with insights from the humanities and social sciences.

Institute of Cognition and Culture. Based at the Queen’s University, Belfast, the Institute of Cognition and Culture is one of the world’s foremost centers for research in the cognitive science and anthropology of religion.

Institute of Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology. Based at Oxford, this research institute focuses on the growing intersection of social, cognitive, and biological anthropology, with special emphasis on the cognitive and evolutionary sciences. The study of ritual and religion is one of ICEA’s main research foci.

Generative Historiography of Religion Project. This cutting-edge project at Masaryk University applies the tools of computational modeling to the study of cultural and religious dynamics in the ancient Mediterranean, with a particular focus on cults of Isis, early Christianity, Judaism, and Mithraism.

The Thomas Shultz Laboratory, McGill University. This lab has produced some of the first agent-based computer simulations focusing on the evolution of cooperation and religion as an ethnic tag. Their innovative approach to evolutionary questions has helped show that religion can serve as an in-group marker, stimulating parochial (but not universal) cooperation.

The Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center. Researchers and simulation experts at this center housed at Old Dominion University are working with scholars of religion in Boston, Norway, and beyond to produce cutting-edge simulations that explore the cognitive, evolutionary, and social dynamics of religion.