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VisorProject.org is brought to you by the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion (IBCSR), a research institute dedicated to the study of religion using multiple academic disciplines. IBCSR emphatically isn't pro-religion or anti-religion, and does not represent any particular religious or secular perspective. IBCSR receives no funding for VISOR and project members volunteer their time. The VISOR team intentionally seeks out consultation and advisement from experts with diverse religious and political opinions to supplement the variety represented by our team members.

Researchers Involved in VisorProject.org

Raymond F. Paloutzian is Professor Emeritus of experimental and social psychology, Westmont College, and consultant to the Religion, Experience, and Mind Lab Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He edited The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion (1998-2016). He co-edited Forgiveness and Reconciliation (2010), the Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2nd.ed. (2013), and Process of Believing (2016). His textbook Invitation to the Psychology of Religion (1st ed. 1983, 3rd ed. 2016) helped establish the psychology of religion in its modern period. More information about Ray is available here.
F. LeRon Shults is Professor of Theology and Philosophy in the Institute for Religion, Philosophy and History at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. His many books and articles address religion and human life in the context of the contemporary human and physical sciences. He is working with the institute on extending the networks supporting the biocultural study of religion in a variety of research areas, including secularism, naturalism, compassion, and political and religious ideology. More information is available here.
Ann Taves is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she teaches courses in methods and theories in the study of religion and the history of Christianity, along with directing the Religion, Experience, and Mind Lab Group. Her research addresses unusual experiences, methods appropriate to the interdisciplinary study of such experiences, and tools for bridging the humanities and the natural sciences. She is a past president of the American Academy of Religion (2010), where she co-founded the Cognitive Science of Religion Group. More information about Ann is available here.
Wesley J. Wildman is Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics at Boston University. His research focuses on philosophy of religion, ethics, and the scientific study of religion. He is co-founder and executive director of the Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion, a research institute dedicated to the scientific study of religion (see the Institute's outreach site at ScienceOnReligion.org), and co-founder of the flagship academic journal in the bio-cultural study of religion, Religion, Brain & Behavior. More information about Dr. Wildman is available here.