Matthew Rossano, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University. He received his doctorate in psychology in 1991 from the University of California at Riverside. He is an evolutionary psychologist who specializes in the evolution of religion, morality, consciousness, and the human mind. He has authored or co-authored over 30 scholarly papers, book chapters, commentaries and reviews, including papers in such notable journals as: Psychological Bulletin, Cognition, Current Anthropology, Cambridge Archaeological Journal, and The Review of General Psychology. He is the author of three books: Evolutionary Psychology: The Science of Human Behavior and Evolution (2002, Wiley), Supernatural Selection: How Religion Evolved (2010, Oxford) and Mortal Rituals: What the Andes Survivors Tell Us About Human Evolution (2013, Columbia University Press).
This blog discusses ritual behavior as an adaptive social mechanism. Also the role of ritual, religion, and belief in daily life and in healthy and sometimes unhealthy functioning. The varying interacting roles of science, reason, ritual and religion are also discussed.