Cognitive Science of Religion



  • Ilkka Pyysiäinen Helsinki University



cognition, agency, sociality, ritual


This article presents an introduction to the cognitive science of religion. It shows that CSR began with original theoretical approaches within the human sciences and has subsequently developed into a more empirical, interdisciplinary field of study. The field is growing rapidly with the appearance of several centers and projects. The most important theories, findings, and criticisms are presented. Also the various cenyers of study and recent projects are described.

Author Biography

Ilkka Pyysiäinen, Helsinki University

University Lecturer The Study of Religions


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How to Cite

Pyysiäinen, I. (2012). Cognitive Science of Religion: State-of-the-Art. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 1(1), 5–28.