The University of California, Riverside is pleased to announce a five-year research project: Developing Belief: The Development and Diversity of Religious Cognition and Behavior: Phase 1 (Project Directors: Rebekah Richert and Kathleen Corriveau). This John Templeton Foundation grant funds the development of the Developing Belief Network, a research initiative designed to bring together a network of scholars interested in cross-cultural study of the development of religious cognition and behavior. Proposals are currently under consideration from individuals or teams interested in being inaugural collaborators in this network. The program of research will explore the development of religious cognition broadly, as well as focus on topics of interest to the global developmental science community. The network activities will be coordinated to investigate two general research questions:
1. How does the acquisition of religious cognition and behavior vary within and between populations? How is the acquisition of religious beliefs and practices facilitated and constrained by child-level developmental factors?
2. How does the transmission of religious cognition and behavior vary within and between populations? How do processes of social learning (e.g., testimony, text, instruction, imitation) support the development of religious cognition and behavior?