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.
- Blog about my first summer of language study in Guatemala
- Blog about my fieldwork in Guatemala
- Post on the Material Religions blog about this research
- Vocabulary and Basic Phrases translated between Tz'utujil, Spanish, and English
- Publication, "Maya Religion"
- Publication, "Stones of Light: The Use of Crystals in Maya Divination"
- Publication, "The Co-Essential Self"
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.
- The Religion, Cognition and Culture research unit at Aarhus University
- Southern California Working Group on Culture, Cognition, and Religion
- Blog on a related topic, Material Religions: Exploring the Material Basis of Religious Traditions
- Publication, "Tongues of Men and Angels: Assessing the Neural Correlates of Glossolalia"
- Publication, "Doing Rituals: An Enactivist Reading of Durkeim's Elementary Forms"
- Publication, "It Depends Who is Watching You: 3-D Agent Cues Increase Fairness"
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.
- TESIS website
- Aarhus research node's TESIS workshop
- Interacting Minds Centre website
- Publication, "What is Intersubjectivity?"
- Publication, "Materializing Mind: The Role of Objects in Cognition and Culture"
- Publication, "Waffengeschichte"
- Publication, "Shapeshifters: Comment on Ebisch & Gallese's 'A Neurobiological Perspective on the Nature of Altered Relationships in Schizophrenia'"
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.
- Reccurence Quantification Analysis
- Debates about a Complex Systems Approach to Behavioral Research
- Results from a pilot study
- Publication, "Culture's Building Blocks: Investigating Cultural Evolution in a LEGO Construction Task"
- Publication, "Building Trust: Heart Rate Synchrony and Arousal during joint action increased by Public Goods Game"