Bringing Ritual to Mind: Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms / Edition 1

Bringing Ritual to Mind: Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms / Edition 1

by E. Thomas Lawson, Robert N. McCauley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521016290

ISBN-13: 9780521016292

Pub. Date: 11/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This study explores the psychological foundations of religious ritual systems. In practice, participants recall rituals to ensure a sense of continuity across performances, and those rituals motivate them to transmit and re-perform them. Most religious rituals exploit either high performance frequency or extraordinary emotional stimulation to enhance their

Overview

This study explores the psychological foundations of religious ritual systems. In practice, participants recall rituals to ensure a sense of continuity across performances, and those rituals motivate them to transmit and re-perform them. Most religious rituals exploit either high performance frequency or extraordinary emotional stimulation to enhance their recollection. Robert N. McCauley and E. Thomas Lawson assert that participants' cognitive representations of ritual form explain much about the systems. Reviewing a wide range of evidence, they explain religions' evolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521016292
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1. Cognitive constraints on religious ritual form: a theory of participants' competence with religious ritual systems; 2. Ritual and memory: frequency and flashbulbs; 3. Two hypotheses concerning religious ritual and emotional stimulation; 4. Assessing the two hypotheses; 5. General profiles of religious ritual systems: the emerging cognitive science of religion.

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