This Project aims to establish an authoritative scientific framework for understanding the relationship between group ritual, social cohesion, and pro-group behaviour.
Rituals have shaped human societies for millennia, but the exact social consequences of rituals are poorly understood. This project seeks to identify the fundamental components of rituals worldwide and chart their effects on patterns of group alignment and action.
Principal Investigator: Harvey Whitehouse and Jonathan Jong.
This project explores the relationship between religious beliefs and moral beliefs across cultures. Although there is much diversity in the particular cultural manifestations of religious and moral beliefs, there are also some commonly recurrent patterns and themes. Religion, for example, often involves supernatural agents and collective rituals. Morality often involves notions of fairness and purity. There is, furthermore, a widespread belief that religion and morality are deeply connected, but it is unclear how—if at all—they are in fact related. This project therefore aims to collect cross-cultural empirical evidence on this alleged connection.
Principal Investigator: Kevin Feeney. Co-Investigators: Jim Davies, Harvey Whitehouse, Sebastian Hellemann, Andreas Koller, Christian Dirschl, Arkadiusz Marciniak, Jeremy Gibbons, Piotr Bledzki, and Pieter François.
ALIGNED quality-centric, software and data engineering is a research project funded by Horizon 2020. ALIGNED will lay the foundations for the next generation of big data systems that lower costs and deal with the web data challenges of dynamism, complexity, scale and inconsistency.