Buddhist Hymns and Medieval Plainsong: Some Reflections on the Links Between Neuroscience, Music and Religion
Chasing Down Religion - In the Sights of History and the Cognitive Sciences - Panayotis Pachis
Kevin Trainor [+]
University of Vermont
TRAINOR KEVIN specializes in South Asian religious traditions. His area of research includes Theravada Buddhist traditions, especially Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Other research interests include gender analysis and ritual studies. He completed an M. Div. degree in Church History at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and a Ph.D. in Religion at Columbia University; his B.A. in Religion is from Colgate University. His publications include: Embodying the Dharma: Buddhist Relic Veneration in Asia, edited with David Germano (SUNY Press, 2004), Buddhism: The Illustrated Guide (Oxford University Press, 2004), Relics, Ritual , and Representation in Buddhism: Rematerializing the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 1997), “Constructing a Buddhist Ritual Site: Stupa and Monastery Architecture”, in Unseen Presence: The Buddha and Sanchi , edited by Vidya Dehejia (Marg Publications, 1996), “In the Eye of the Beholder: Nonattachment and the Body in Subha’s Verse (Therigatha 71)”, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 61 (1993): 57-79, and “When Is a Theft Not a Theft? Relic Theft and the Cult of the Buddha’s Relics in Sri Lanka”, Numen 39, (1992): 1-26.
Anne Clark [+]
University of Vermont
CLARK ANNΕ works on the Christian tradition in the Middle Ages. Her Ph.D. is from Columbia University. Her research focuses on styles of piety, questions of gender, the role of the body, and women’s religious life. She has published Elisabeth of Schönau: The Complete Works (Paulist Press, 2000) and Elisabeth of Schönau: A Twelfth-Century Visionary (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992). She has also published articles on Elisabeth of Schönau, Hildegard of Bingen, Gertrude of Helfta, women’s monastic communities, and cognitive theory in the study of religion. Her current research is on the cult of the Virgin Mary in the later Middle Ages.
A number of studies have emerged in the last few years examining musical cognition from a neuroscience perspective. However there has been less attention on music, neuroscience and religion. This chapter discusses some of the new research that is starting to look at this field of study.