Identity

What is CMAC’s organizational status?

CMAC is a 501(c)3 research center headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

Where does CMAC work?

CMAC’s projects carry global implications. Current projects relate specifically to the United States, Norway, Wales, Turkey, Rwanda, Greece, New Zealand and Canada. Researchers call countries around the world home.

Who works for CMAC?

CMAC employs over 20 staff, including administrators, research associates, postdoctoral fellows and research assistants. Professors, graduate, and postdoctoral students and subject matter experts comprise this pool.

What types of work does CMAC do?

CMAC categorizes its research projects into six Focus Areas: Academy, Health, History, Policy, Religion and Security. Projects often incorporate more than one area, but each one is grouped according to its most fundamental purpose.

What do these Focus Areas represent?

Academy refers to CMAC’s efforts to create resources and engage scholars. Health encompasses CMAC’s work to understand well-being and find healing. History entails all that CMAC does to visualize the past and uncover humanity’s heritage. Policy indicates CMAC’s interest in evaluating theories and strategizing solutions. Religion involves studying theology and modeling spirituality. Security designates those projects that seek stability and global connectivity.

What is IBCSR and how does it relate to CMAC?

The Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion (IBCSR) was a preexisting research organization that is now housed under CMAC’s umbrella. IBCSR conducts all of the research associated with religion, as well as continuing to produce its research review, direct the Religion, Brain & Behavior journal and publish its newsletter. You can find IBCSR’s specific website at www.ibcsr.org.

What is the mind-culture nexus?

At CMAC, the mind-culture nexus denotes the phenomena that occur at the intersection and interaction of individuals with their environments.

CMAC studies the mind-culture nexus because it encompasses much of the way that people operate within and perceive the world around them.

How does CMAC gain insight into the mind-culture nexus?

We draw from a number of disciplines: the sciences of minds, brains and bodies (neuroscience, cognitive psychology, evolutionary biology, medicine); the sciences of culture, society and history (sociology, anthropology, political economy, history); the computational sciences (modeling and simulation, semantic network analysis, machine learning, analysis of massive datasets); the humanities.

What tools does CMAC use?

CMAC uses computer modeling, simulation technology, and data analytics to develop effective approaches to the issues we study, allowing research teams to evaluate proposals, predict sources of problems and test out solutions.

By bringing together a wide range of experts and connecting them with public and private institutions, CMAC can better inform strategies on such issues as illegal trafficking, security, and immigration.

What does CMAC hope to accomplish?

CMAC hopes to develop and catalyze research initiatives into the nexus of mind and culture, to become an institutional locus for understanding these phenomena, and to empower academic scholarship as well as the public with further knowledge. CMAC believes that by tapping into rich datasets and thinking creatively – with a nod to the sciences and the humanities – we can better understand the complex webs that constitute our world and unravel their knots.

How can I get involved?

To volunteer, please reach out to admin@mindandculture.org. To donate, please send checks made out to “Center for Mind and Culture” to The Center for Mind and Culture, 566 Commonwealth Avenue Suite M-2, Boston, MA 02215.