Cognitive templates for religious concepts: cross-cultural evidence for recall of counter-intuitive representations

@article{Boyer2001CognitiveTF,
  title={Cognitive templates for religious concepts: cross-cultural evidence for recall of counter-intuitive representations},
  author={Pascal Boyer and Charles Ramble},
  journal={Cogn. Sci.},
  year={2001},
  volume={25},
  pages={535-564}
}
Presents results of free-recall experiments conducted in France, Gabon and Nepal, to test predictions of a cognitive model of religious concepts. The world over, these concepts include violations of conceptual expectations at the level of domain knowledge (e.g., about ‘animal’ or ‘artifact’ or ‘person’) rather than at the basic level. In five studies we used narratives to test the hypothesis that domain-level violations are recalled better than other conceptual associations. These studies used… Expand
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