Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion

Exploring the Nexus of Culture, Mind & Religion

Science On

Visit IBCSR's public outreach site for the latest news on research in the scientific study of religion.

IBCSR Research Review

IBCSR Research Review is a free email newsletter surveying recent work in the scientific study of religion.

Exploring My

emr sq80Get instant feedback on your spirituality and contribute to scientific research at Exploring My

Religion, Brain & Behavior

Religion, Brain & Behavior is the flagship journal in the bio-cultural study of religion, discounted in an IBCSR membership.


Membership benefits include a discounted journal subscription and online journal access. Join IBCSR today!


The Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion was founded by Patrick McNamara and Wesley WildmanThe Institute is a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Massachusetts as of 2007, though its work predates its incorporation (see Past Projects). As of August 20, 2007, it is a public charity with United States federal tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Institute are tax deductible.

IBCSR's mission is three-fold, involving research, training, and outreach.

ResearchIBCSR aims to conduct leading-edge research into the biological and cultural foundations and functions of religion.

Training: IBCSR aims to train researchers in the bio-cultural study of religion at the very highest level.

Outreach: IBCSR aims to reach out to researchers, scholars, and the general public to build professional networks and to share information about the bio-cultural study of religion.

Also, the core values of IBCSR's institutional identity include the following:

  • maintaining the highest intellectual standards in all phases of our work;
  • acting ethically toward our business partners and funding sources;
  • maintaining neutrality regarding the ideological promotion or critique of religious traditions, faith communities, and political outlooks; and
  • remaining institutionally agile, with minimal institutional overhead.