Quantifying Identities and Ideologies

We distill insights about the worldviews and individual behaviors that propel both the concords and conflicts within our communities. These projects collect data through surveys, literature reviews, and comprehensive analyses to quantify the values, perceptions and belief systems of the self and the community.

Active Projects

Black Maternal Mortality aims to collect qualitative and quantitative data related to the public-health crisis reflected in Black maternal mortality rates in the U.S., and ultimately suggest practical ways to mitigate the problem through computational simulation and policy analysis.

The Cognitive Styles and Religious Attitudes Project gathers research data through online surveys at ExploringMyReligion.org that include different cognitive tests for analytical and holistic reasoning, demographic information and religious affiliation, and questions about different layers of religious ideology and orthodoxy.

The Dimensions of Spirituality Inventory uses a new survey instrument to help researchers examine the wider landscape of spirituality and better understand the ways people find and construct meaning and spiritual outlooks on life.

The Hardy Religious and Spiritual Experience Project creates a sophisticated database on existing religious and spiritual experiences narratives compiled in the Alister Hardy Database and builds a friendly interface for collecting new stories and data through devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Religious Language inspects a number of secular and religious rituals, as well as sacred and non-sacred texts, to understand how people contemplate and showcase their religious behavior and how speech acts differ to pinpoint the unique differences that set religious communication apart.

Sex Differences develops new methods to update the conversation and explore new theories of sex differences and religion by drawing upon pre-existing research that indicates people of different genders differ in both their levels of religiosity and the types of religious experiences they have.

Spectrums approaches the questions of political and religious differences by combining a deep dive into social-psychology research literature with quantitative tools that provide a detailed image of personal ideology.

The Unbelief Project is working to produce a stable understanding of unbelief by building a framework for classification and by developing a multi-dimensional measuring instrument. By combining data at many levels of complexity, researchers at CMAC will use new datasets to render the understanding of unbelief sensitive to a number of diverse variables, thus expanding the foundation for studies on unbelief and opening up a new realm of research.