Policy

The Center for Mind and Culture seeks to support policy analysts and policy makers with bio-cultural research focused on issues of widespread concern. Our work in this area is represented by the following projects.

Immigration Project

Immigration Project

The Center partners with our Senior Research Associate F. LeRon Shults, the University of Agder in Norway, and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center to generate insights into the various phases of the immigration process through first- and second-generation immigrants. We employ massive datasets and computer simulation techniques, and work closely with immigration experts, to generate understanding relevant to policy analysts and those who have the responsibility for formulating relevant policies.

 
Spectrums Project

Spectrums Project

The Spectrums Project is a long-term, multidisciplinary initiative to study the left-right ideological spectrum in religion. With initial funding from the Boston University School of Theology, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion, the Spectrums Project personnel developed a multidimensional survey instrument to measure respondents’ theological orientation regarding beliefs, practice, and morality. When published, this instrument – the Multidimensional Religious Ideology scale, or “MRI” – will be the most advanced and fine-grained measure of religious ideology yet produced. It will generate insight into how various dimensions of ideology interact, how individuals adopt their worldview, and how we elevate mutual understanding over extremist or polarized discourse. Years active: 2011–Present

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