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Bringing ritual to mind : psychological foundations of cultural forms

Author: Robert N McCauley; E Thomas Lawson
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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"Bringing Ritual to Mind explores the cognitive and psychological foundations of religious ritual systems. Participants must recall their rituals well enough to ensure a sense of continuity across performances, and those rituals must motivate them to transmit and re-perform them. Most religious rituals the world over exploit either high performance frequency or extraordinary emotional stimulation (but not both) to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert N McCauley; E Thomas Lawson
ISBN: 0521815592 9780521815598 0521016290 9780521016292
OCLC Number: 50022726
Description: xii, 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Cognitive constraints on religious ritual form: a theory of participants' competence with religious ritual systems --
Ritual and memory: frequency and flashbulbs --
Two hypotheses concerning religious ritual and emotional stimulation --
Assessing the two hypotheses --
General profiles of religious ritual systems: the emerging cognitive science of religion.
Responsibility: Robert N. McCauley and E. Thomas Lawson.
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