James Cresswell, <i>Culture and the Cognitive Science of Religion</i>


  • Rohan Kapitány University of Oxford






James Cresswell, Culture and the Cognitive Science of Religion

Author Biography

Rohan Kapitány, University of Oxford

Rohan undertook his PhD in experimental psychology at The University of Queensland where he examined the developmental, cognitive, and cultural factors that influence the perception of ritual. He now works in a postdoctoral research position further examining these questions. Broadly, he is interested in the evolution of culture: how our human minds become able to build, maintain, and transmit cultural information. Outside of the study of ritual, Rohan examines the nature of imitation, and how children learn to distinguish between what is real and what is not real in the world.

Rohan is interested in developmental, cross-cultural, and longitudinal modes of investigation, as well as introducing more computational modelling to the understanding of human behaviour.


Laland, Kevin. 2018. Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind (Princeton: Princeton University Press). DOI: https://doi.org/10.23943/9780691184470

Volk, T., and J. Atkinson. 2008. ‘Is Child Death the Crucible of Human Evolution?’, Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology 2.4: 247-60. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1037/h0099341. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1037/h0099341




How to Cite

Kapitány, R. (2020). James Cresswell, <i>Culture and the Cognitive Science of Religion</i>. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 14(1), 193–195. https://doi.org/10.1558/jsrnc.39043

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