Bringing Ritual to Mind: Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms

Title

Bringing Ritual to Mind: Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Book

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Description

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.

ISBN

978-0521016292

Publication Date

9-2-2002

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

City

Cambridge

Disciplines

Psychology

Citation for published book

McCauley, Robert N., and E. Thomas. Lawson. Bringing Ritual to Mind Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002. Web.

Bringing Ritual to Mind: Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms

http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/52614362

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