CMAC’s Mission


The Center for Mind and Culture (CMAC) is a non-profit research center that innovates creative solutions for urgent and complex social problems. Committed to a radically interdisciplinary, non-partisan, high-tech approach, CMAC mobilizes an international network of experts to develop and disseminate visionary insights to public and professional stakeholders.


CMAC’s mission has three strategic elements: research, training, and outreach.


CMAC develops, supports, and catalyzes research initiatives into the unendingly rich nexus of mind and culture. This involves:

    • conducting research on the patterns of human behavior, belief, and experience
    • sponsoring the research efforts of others in this area
    • coordinating international projects to achieve large sample sizes & register cultural differences
    • working across multiple disciplines to produce sophisticated and sensitive interpretations


CMAC provides an institutional locus for training people to learn bio-cultural methods and conduct cutting-edge research into diverse phenomena at the intersection of mind and culture. This involves:

    • providing established investigators with the necessary resources
    • sponsoring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows
    • introducing undergraduate and graduate students to the numerous tasks of such research
    • establishing and nurturing affiliations with universities


CMAC disseminates knowledge about the mind-culture nexus so as to have a positive influence on both academic scholarship and the general public. This involves:

    • creating a cadre of trained experts who can offer guidance on the ethical, medical and social implications of phenomena in the mind-culture nexus
    • producing a series of technical working papers and policy recommendations for governments, international NGOs, business ventures, health-care organizations, schools and religious groups
    • issuing press releases about new results and working with media outlets to explain the significance of research efforts for the general public
    • creating films and animations to explain salient research results
    • launching new publishing projects such as a scholarly journal and an academic book series
    • developing curriculum materials for related course work
    • sponsoring colloquia, seminars, working groups and public lectures
    • maintaining a web presence that centralizes resources for the scientific study of human life