Radek Kundt

I am interested in the evolution of ritual behavior and intragroup cooperation.

I am assistant professor at the Department for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University, where I also act as the Head of the Department, and Research board member of HUME Lab – Laboratory for Experimental Humanities. Employing evolutionary models, I study religious behaviour in terms of intragroup cooperation and treat ritual as a communication technology. I argue that ritual behaviour evolved to afford group coordination harnessing the commitment signalling to enhance mutual trust and to identify free-riding individuals. Combining methods from experimental anthropology and experimental psychology, I conducted research on effects of religious priming on prosocial and moral behaviour. I have several years of laboratory and field research experience in Mauritius and Czech Republic.

My publications

Dimitris Xygalatas, Peter Maňo, Radek Kundt & Eva Kundtová Klocová. (2022). Rituals as signals of mate quality. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, 3, 100048.

Eva Kundtová Klocová, Martin Lang, Peter Maňo, Radek Kundt & Dimitris Xygalatas. (2022). Cigarettes for the dead: effects of sorcery beliefs on parochial prosociality in Mauritius. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 12(1–2), 116–131.

Xygalatas, D., Maňo, P., Bahna, V., Kundtová Klocová, E., Kundt, R., Lang, M. & Shaver, J. H. (2021). Social inequality and signaling in a costly ritual. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Ejova, A., Krátký, J., Kundtová Klocová, E., Kundt, R., Cigán, J., Kotherová, S., Bulbulia, J., & Gray, R. D. (2021). The awe-prosociality relationship: Evidence for the role of context. Religion, Brain & Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1080/2153599X.2021.1940254

Lang, M. & Kundt, R. (2020). Evolutionary, Cognitive, and Contextual Approaches to the Study of Religious Systems. Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 32(1), 1-46. https://doi.org/10.1163/15700682-12341466

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Shaver, J. H., Lang, M., Krátký, J., Kundtová Klocová, E., Kundt, R.,& Xygalatas, D. (2018). The Boundaries of Trust: Cross-Religious and Cross-Ethnic Field Experiments in Mauritius. Evolutionary Psychology, 1-15. doi:10.1177/1474704918817644

Xygalatas, D., Kotherová, S., Maňo, P., Kundt, R., Cigán, J., Kundtová Klocová, E. & Lang, M. (2017). Big Gods in Small Places: The Random Allocation Game in Mauritius. Religion, Brain & Behavior. doi:10.1080/2153599X.2016.1267033.

Lang, M. & Kundt, R. (2017). Can predictive coding explain past experiences? Religion, Brain & Behavior, doi: 10.1080/2153599X.2016.1150332.

Xygalatas, D., Kundtová Klocová, E., Cigán, J., Kundt, R., Maňo, P., Kotherová, S., Mitkidis, P., Wallot, S. E. & Kanovský, M. (2016). Location, location, location: Effects of cross-religious primes on prosocial behaviour. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 26/4, 304-319. doi:10.1080/10508619.2015.1097287.

Lang, M., Mitkidis, P., Kundt, R., Nichols, A., Krajčíková, L. & Xygalatas, D. (2016). Music As a Sacred Cue? Effects of Religious Music on Moral Behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 7/814, 1-13. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00814.

Reddish, P., Tok, P. & Kundt, R. (2016). Religious Cognition and Behaviour in Autism: The Role of Mentalizing. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 26/2, 95-112 doi: 10.1080/10508619.2014.1003518.

Kundt, R. (2015). Contemporary Evolutionary Theories of Culture and the Study of Religion. London: Bloomsbury Academic.


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