Maya Spirituality


I have been studying Maya spirituality since 2007. Though my Ph.D. thesis focused pretty exclusively on a type of divination important to this tradition, I continue to spend as much time as I can in Guatemala in order to learn more about highland Maya worldviews and ritual practices.


Cognitive Science of Religion

Though CSR has long been an interest of mine (as well as the focus of my M.A. thesis), working at Aarhus University for three years (2011-2014) permitted me to learn from and collaborate with many of the top researchers in this field.

 

TESIS

TESIS is an interdisciplinary research network which aims is to make progress “Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity.” Sebastian Wallot and I were hired by Andreas Roepstorff to compose the Aarhus Node of this network. Our work focused on the role of objects in fostering intersubjective experience.


LEGO Studies

From 2011-2013, we performed experimental studies of interaction that involved LEGO building tasks. In these experiments we used a nonlinear technique -- Recurrence Quantification Analysis (RQA) -- to investigate potential couplings between a range of qualitative and quantitative measures. The use of RQA in naturalistic experimental protocols is particularly promising as it is far more sensitive than most forms of statistical analysis. Sebastian and I collaborated with Panos Mitkidis and Andreas Roepstorff in this research. The resultant publications are in various degrees of preparation.