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On The Neuropsychological Origins of Witchcraft Cognition: The Geographic and Economic Variable

Oscar Di Simplicio

in The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199578160
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578160.013.0029

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 On The Neuropsychological Origins of             Witchcraft Cognition: The Geographic and Economic Variable

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This article addresses the question of whether economic change fostered witchcraft accusations and prosecutions. It provides (i) a hypothesis regarding the neuropsychological origins of witchcraft cognition, accounting for its persistence over long periods of time; (ii) a theoretical framework concerning the appearance of an new ‘socio-economic grammar’ in the early modern period and its relevance to human behaviour; (iii) a study of local and regional variations in witchcraft prosecutions to determine the extent to which they may have been affected by geographic and ecological factors; and (iv) a reappraisal of witchcraft cognition in light of the nature through nurture dynamic.

Keywords: witchcraft prosecutions; economic change; witchcraft cognition

Article.  9159 words. 

Subjects: History ; Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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