Cognitive Historiography

Perception, Construal, and Context


  • Glen Alexander Hayes Bloomfield College



time, extramission, Abhinavagupta, Marduk, meditation


The essays in this issue of the Journal of Cognitive Historiography explore a variety of developing methodologies in the field, taking us on a tour through a range of cognitive and cultural contexts in East and South Asia, the Middle East, and modern America. Although there are a number of ways to consider the goals of cognitive historiography, the essays in this issue are all engaged in a scholarly pursuit of historical minds, seeking to uncover the deep and nuanced cognitive processes at play in different historical and cultural contexts. The essays include an exploration of ancient Chinese calendrical models and the experience of time, consideration of yogic perceptions and construals of vision and spatiality, applications of the “world as theatre” metaphor of the Hindu polymath Abhinavagupta, an evaluation of the punitive and benevolent qualities of gods in ancient Mesopotamia, and using neuroscience to study the affective responses of fear and terror in Buddhist meditation.

Author Biography

Glen Alexander Hayes, Bloomfield College

Glen A. Hayes is Professor Emeritus of Religion at Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ. He received his Ph.D. in History of Religions from the University of Chicago in 1985. In addition to his specialization in medieval Bengali Hindu Tantra, his research interests include contemporary metaphor theory and the cognitive science of religion. He is the author of “Conceptual Blending and Religion,” in Religion: Mental Religion (Macmillan 2016). He serves as Chairperson of the Steering Committee of The Society for Tantric Studies (STS). He is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Tantric Studies (forthcoming), and is currently a Co-chair of the Tantric Studies program unit of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).


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How to Cite

Hayes, G. A. (2022). Cognitive Historiography: Perception, Construal, and Context. Journal of Cognitive Historiography, 7(1-2), 171–189.