Journal Article

Cognition and Religion*

Robert Wuthnow

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 68, issue 4, pages 341-360
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/socrel/68.4.341
Cognition and Religion*

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Recent developments inspired by cognitive science have significant implications for the sociological study of religion. Studies in cognitive anthropology and related fields such as neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and linguistics clarify the processes by which information is structured, given meaning, and remembered. This work provides new concepts and techniques for investigating topics that have long been central to the study of religion, including cultural schemas, metaphors, and narratives. These topics hold special promise for applications to the study of religious identity, practice, and experience.

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