Team

Dr. Radek Kundt

Radek Kundt

Director 

Other Academic Position(s):

Assistant Professor; Department for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University (since 2014) 

Specialty: cognitive science of religion (evolutionary origin of religions); history of religions (christianity in late antiquity, nestorianism); philosophy of science; philosophy of religion

See his project

radek.kundt@levyna.cz

Dr. Aleš Chalupa

Dr. David Václavík

Dr. David Zbíral

Aleš ChalupaDavid VáclavíkDavid Zbíral

Supervisor

Academic Positions: Assistant Professor, Department for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University. Specialty: history of religions (Graeco-Roman religions, especially mithraism, ancient magic and ancient divination); cognitive historiography; cognitive science of religion

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ales.chalupa@levyna.cz

Project Supervisor

Academic Positions: Associate Professor; Department for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University. Specialty: theory in the study of religions; philosophy of science; sociology of religion.

david.vaclavik@levyna.cz

Supervisor

Academic Positions: Associate Professor, Department for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University. Specialty: history of religions (medieval Europe); digital humanities; interdisciplinary history.

david.zbiral@mail.muni.cz

Dr. Vladimír Bahna

Jakub Cigán, Ph.D. researcher

Dr. Danijela Jerotijević

Vladimír BahnaJakub Cigán,Danijela Jerotijević

Research Fellow

Other Academic Position(s):

Ph.D. student,Institute of Ethnology, Slovak Academy of Sciences

Specialty: cognitive science of religion; evolutionary theory; cultural transmission; cognition and religious narratives, religion of ancient Slavs.

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vladimir.bahna@levyna.cz

Research Fellow

Other Academic Position(s):

Ph.D. student, Department for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University (since 2009)

Specialty: cognitive science of religion, methodology of study of religions, new religious movements (religious conversion and affiliation), memory and distributed cognition.

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jakub.cigan@levyna.cz

Research Fellow 

Other Academic Position(s):

Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava (since 2010) 

Specialty: cognitive anthropology, folk beliefs, evolutionary anthropology, new religious movements

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danijela.jerotijevic@levyna.cz

Dr. Silvie Kotherová

Jan Krátký, Ph.D. researcher

Eva Kundtová Klocová, Ph.D. researcher

Silvie KotherováJan Krátký,Eva Kundtová Klocová,

Research Fellow

Other Academic Position(s): Ph.D. student, Department for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University (since 2008) Specialty: eastern religious traditions (especially buddhism and meditation techniques); cognitive science of religion; embodiment, consciousness studies

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silvie.kotherova@levyna.cz

Research Fellow

Other Academic Position(s): Ph.D. student, Department for the Study of Religions,Masaryk University (since 2010) Specialty: sociology of material culture, cognitive theory of material engagement, cognitive science of religion See his project 

jan.kratky@levyna.cz

Research Fellow 

Other Academic Position(s):

Ph.D student; Department for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University (since 2010) 

Specialty: psychology of religions (emotions, identity forming, embodied cognition); cognitive science of religion; history of religions (archaic religions); theory and method in study of religion

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eva.klocova@levyna.cz

Martin Lang, Ph.D. researcher

Peter Maňo MA

Michaela Porubanová, Ph.D. researcher

Martin Lang,Peter MaňoMichaela Porubanová,

Research Fellow

Other Academic Position(s):

Ph.D. student; Department for the Study of Religions,Masaryk University (since 2010). Graduate student at Anthropology at UConn. 

Martin is interested in studying ritual and ritualization in laboratory and field settings. He conducted research on topics such as the role of music and synchronous movement in human cooperation, the role of ritual in fostering fairness, and the relationship between ritualized behavior and anxiety.

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martin.lang@levyna.cz

Research Fellow

petomano@gmail.com

Research Fellow

Other Academic Position(s):

Ph.D. student, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University (since 2009)

Specialty: cognitive psychology; attention and working memory; low-level vision; embodiment

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michaela.porubanova@levyna.cz

Dr. Paul Reddish

Dr. Penny Tok

Paul ReddishPenny Tok

Research Fellow

Speciality: social psychology, cognitive science of religion, evolutionary psychology

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paul.reddish@levyna.cz

Research Fellow

Other Academic Position(s): Postdoc, Department of Psychology, Masaryk University 

drpennytok@gmail.com

Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas

Dr. Joseph Bulbulia

Anastasia Ejova Ph.D.
Senior Researcher

Dimitris XygalatasJoseph BulbuliaAnastasia  Ejova

Former Director, Head of Advisory Board  

Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas is an experimental anthropologist specialising in ritual and cognition. His ethnography of the Greek fire-walking rituals of the Anastenaria was published in the monograph The Burning Saints (Equinox 2012). His current research involves cognitive and physiological aspects of the practice of high-arousal rituals in Mauritius, where he is leading the Mauritian Laboratory for Experimental Anthropology.

Dr. Xygalatas holds a joint position between Masaryk and Aarhus University. He is the Internet Officer of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion and Managing Editor of its official journal, the Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion.

xygalatas@mac.com

homepage: www.xygalatas.com

Grant Principal Investigator

Dr. Joseph Bulbulia is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University in New Zealand. His teaching and research is in the areas of ritual studies, evolutionary psychology, and the philosophy of religion. He is a member of the Adaptive Logic of Religion Group and of the Religion Cognition and Culture group at Aarhus University.  In 2010, he was elected Secretary General of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion.

joseph.bulbulia@icloud.com

Research Fellow

Dr. Ejova main field of research field is psychology of decision-making, especially as applied to gambling, randomness-perception, and the "illusion of control"; origins of the human concept of "luck" as a supernatural force; statistics and methodology. At LEVYNA, Anastasia continues the survey-based research on human concepts of luck while also coordinating the group's experimental project on the adaptive functions of emotions in Religions.

Other academic positions: Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Studies.

anastasiaejova@gmail.com

E. Thomas Lawson

Dr. William McCorkle

E. Thomas LawsonWilliam McCorkle

Distinguished Senior Scholar

Professor Lawson is the Editor for the Journal of Cognition and Culture, and has served in several academic capacities, most recently as Honorary Professor and Distinguished International Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognition and Culture in Belfast. He is co-author of Rethinking Religion: Connecting Cognition and Culture (Cambridge University Press) and Bringing Ritual to Mind: Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms (Cambridge University Press) with Robert N. McCauley, co-founder of the North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR), and past-President of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion. His current research interests include current debates in the philosophy of science and the promotion of experimental paradigms in the study of religion. He is also an artist, and avid lover of music and travel

Former Director, Senior Research Associate

Dr. McCorkle is a cognitive and evolutionary anthropologist, specializing in ritual, language, and communication. In 2010, he authored Ritualizing the Disposal of the Deceased: From Corpse to Concept, New York: Peter Lang, an academic monograph on a scientific theory for mortuary behavior cross-culturally throughout human evolution. He is also the associate editor for the Cognitive Science of Religion series with Berlin Academic, and Treasurer for the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion. He served as co-Director of LEVYNA and Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religions at Masaryk University between 2011-13. william.mccorkle@levyna.cz

M.A. Kristýna Brožková

M.A. Kateřina Ramík Kutrová

Kristýna BrožkováKateřina Ramík Kutrová

Project Assistant

katerina.kutrova@levyna.cz

Ronald Fischer

Jonathan Jong

Gordon Ingram

Ronald FischerJonathan  JongGordon Ingram

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

Centre for Anthropology and Mind, University of Oxford

Lecturer in Psychology, School of Science, Society & Management
Bath Spa University

Konrad Talmont Kaminski

Justin Lane

Pierre Liénard

Konrad  Talmont KaminskiJustin  LanePierre Liénard

Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland

Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (ICEA), University of Oxford

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Ryan McKay

Panos Mitkidis

Sebastian Wallot

Ryan  McKayPanos MitkidisSebastian Wallot

Royal Holloway, University of London

Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University Denmark

Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke University

Department of Culture and Society, University of Aarhus

Claire White

Dr. John Shaver

Claire  WhiteJohn Shaver
Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queen’s University Belfast

Research Associate

Speciality: Evolutionary Anthropology, Cognitive Anthropology, Human Development, Emotion and Motivation, Religious Change, The South Pacific.

 

Post Doctoral Research and Teaching Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington. 

www.johnhshaver.com