Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Social cognition of religion

William Sims Bainbridge a1
a1 Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA 22230. [email protected]

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Research on religion can advance understanding of social cognition by building connections to sociology, a field in which much cognitively oriented work has been done. Among the schools of sociological thought that address religious cognition are: structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism, conflict theory, phenomenology, and, most recently, exchange theory. The gulf between sociology and cognitive science is an unfortunate historical accident.