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    Taves, Ann and Asprem, Egil 2016. Experience as event: event cognition and the study of (religious) experiences. Religion, Brain & Behavior, p. 1.


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Contextual features of problem-solving and social learning give rise to spurious associations, the raw materials for the evolution of rituals

  • Daniel M. T. Fessler (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X06009381
  • Published online: 08 February 2007
Abstract

If rituals persist in part because of their memory-taxing attributes, from whence do they arise? I suggest that magical practices form the core of rituals, and that many such practices derive from learned pseudo-causal associations. Spurious associations are likely to be acquired during problem-solving under conditions of ambiguity and danger, and are often a consequence of imitative social learning.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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