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Ritual intuitions: cognitive contributions to judgements of ritual efficacy

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Lawson and McCauley (1990) have argued that non-cultured regularities in how actions are conceptualized inform and constrain participants' understandings of religious rituals. This theory of ritual competence generates three predictions: 1) People with little or no knowledge of any given ritual system will have intuitions about the potential effectiveness of a ritual given minimal information about the structure of the ritual. 2) The representation of superhuman agency in the action structure...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1163/156853701316931407

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Institution:
University of Michigan
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Institution:
Western Michigan University
Department:
Department of Comparative Religion
Publisher:
Brill Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Cognition and Culture Journal website
Volume:
1
Issue:
2
Pages:
183-201
Publication date:
2001
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EISSN:
1568-5373
ISSN:
1567-7095
URN:
uuid:51ad97ab-3572-450b-96a2-727aa84df8d7
Local pid:
ora:3104
Language:
English
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