What are religious experiences and what is their significance? How do we conceptualize the divine? How do religious and spiritual practices affect our health? How are religions and religious communities changing globally?

The Human Sciences Department aims to catalyze discovery about human nature, human flourishing, religion and spirituality, and other fundamental structures and realities within the social, behavioral, and cognitive sciences. The department supports basic and applied scientific research projects, especially those that seek to increase enthusiasm for neglected topics within the academy.

Human Sciences
Project Leader: Daniel Gilbert, Timothy Wilson
Grantee: Harvard University
Human Sciences
Project Leader: Martin Seligman, Scott Barry Kaufman
Grantee: Imagination Institute
Human Sciences
Project Leader: Alan Cooperman
Grantee: Pew Charitable Trusts
Human Sciences
Project Leader: Alexandra Shields
Grantee: Massachusetts General Hospital (The General Hospital Corp.)
Human Sciences
Project Leader: Will Gervais
Grantee: University of Kentucky
Human Sciences
Project Leader: Harold Koenig, Michael King
Grantee: Duke University