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The media room provides information for journalists who write on, or are interested in, this field of research and in the Institute's activities. It includes news releases, references to the Institute in other media sources, and contact information for media inquiries. The media room is still under construction; media kits and downloadable graphics will follow soon.

How Does Journalism Fit with the Institute's Mission?

Far from being an academic exercise in navel-gazing, we believe that the rigorous scientific study of religion is a vital exercise for those who want to address the most serious challenges of our time. Religion is fundamental to human culture, and many of the most formidable controversies we currently face have tacit or overt religious overtones. To understand these dilemmas, we must understand religion.

And as anyone who takes the subject of religion seriously knows, it's not all negative, either. Far from it – religion also serves as a source of profound meaning and direction in the lives of billions (literally!). We think that understanding this search for meaning is an equally important goal, because it's one of the most important – and worthy – motivators of human action and decisions.

Journalists help translate the most important research into language that's accessible to the interested public. The Institute and its website serve to produce and collect the most cutting-edge research on religion, science, and culture, a valuable resource for journalists who specialize in the sciences, religious topics, and cultural issues.

Permissions and Citations

Clip art: The photographs and images that accompany our articles are licensed for use at this website only. When citing or referring to a news item from, please do not include any images from the article. Thank you.

Use of news resources: When writing on research findings produced by the Institute, please cite the Institution for the Biocultural Study of Religion in Needham, Massachusetts. If reporting on findings produced by other researchers but which you learned about through the Institute's website, please cite the original authors of the paper(s) in question. Where appropriate, we also request acknowledgement of the Institute for its role in collecting and disseminating the research.


For inquiries, please contact Connor Wood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Press Kit

The most efficient way to reach representatives of the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion for comment is via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are interested in speaking to experts associated with a particular research project, you can contact the people listed on this site directly, or else use the email address above to request specific contact information.

News releases related to the Institute's work are listed under the Media Room.

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These images are available for press use in online or print content about IBCSR and its research. You may download and use them accordingly. No images may be used for personal profit or for purposes unrelated to IBCSR or its mission.

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This section contains downloadable PDF versions of documents related to IBCSR and IBCSR research. 

What Does "Bio-Cultural" Mean?

What Does Bio Cultural Mean 

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This section contains professional-grade videos describing IBCSR research projects and operations. Videos can be shared with attribution. Videos are property of the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion; production, editing, and original music are by Jenn Lindsay,

Introduction to the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion

Intro to IBCSR

IBCSR Publications and Outreach

 Publications and Outreach

Neuroscience and Religious Cognition Project


Dimensions of Spirituality Project


Boston University PhD Program in Religion and Science

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