Scientific and Religious Cognition Study


We are delighted to announce that in collaboration with the Early Childhood Lab at Harvard University (Director, Paul Harris), the Social Learning Lab has launched a new project examining how children from the USA and other countries conceptualize religious and scientific claims. With this project, which has been generously funded by the John Templeton Foundation, we plan to run several studies that aim to answer the following questions:

1. What are the cognitive differences and similarities in children’s conceptualization of scientific and religious phenomena?

2. What is the transmission process involved in these conceptualizations?

3. Are there any cultural universals in these conceptualizations?