New Publication on Identity Fusion Theory
What happens when you test the predictions of identity fusion theory on a cross-cultural data set?
Ben Purzycki (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Lipsko) and Martin Lang answered this question in a new paper that is out in Cognition. They used freely available cross-cultural data set (goo.gl/qvYzX7) focused on economic games between co-religionists and tested whether people who report their identities to be fused with their religious group are willing to sacrifice more coins to benefit their co-religionists. While identity fusion theory predicts willingness to make extreme sacrifices for the group, Ben and Martin found that it is also predictive in terms of more subtle sacrifices in economic games using money. Data, code, and a preprint are freely available on GitHub (goo.gl/4mg6k2). Stay tuned for another paper using cross-cultural data to test some of the crucial claims in the cultural evolutionary theory of religion!
A prestigious award goes to Martin Lang
Martin Lang has been awarded the Rector's Award for Outstanding Research Results Achieved by Young Scientists under 35 in social sciences and humanities.
A new theoretical article about the difference between the theory of costly signaling and CREDs with application on religious phenomena
A new article has just been published in Human Ethology, in which our PhD students explain the relation between two theories of religious displays – the costly signaling theory and the credibility enhancing displays theory (CREDs).
New article testing the influence of moralizing gods on intragroup and intergroup cooperation
Our new paper in which we test on cross-cultural sample whether beliefs in omniscient and punitive moralizing gods contribute to the scaling up of cooperative societies and whether they apply also beyond co-religionist circles as far as to religious outgroups has been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
New Textbook of Cognitive Science of Religion
LEVYNA has a chapter in a new Bloomsbury Press textbook in which we explain in depth our experiment on ritualized behavior and anxiety.