Dr. Lee McCorkle is a cognitive and evolutionary anthropologist. He served as the Director of the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion (LEVYNA), and Associate Professor and Research Specialist in the Department for the Study of Religions at Masaryk University (CZ) from 2011-2013. He was instrumental in the installation and development of LEVYNA as a center to engage in experimental methodologies in cognition, culture, and religion.
Dr. McCorkle earned his PhD (2007) from the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he developed a novel theory for the ritualized disposal of dead bodies throughout time and space. His publications include “Ritualizing the Disposal of the Deceased: From Corpse to Concept” (2010, New York: Peter Lang), “Mental Culture: Classical Social Theory and the Cognitive Science of Religion” w/D. Xygalatas (eds) (2013, London: Routledge), and “The Cognitive Science of Religion: A Methodological Introduction to Key Empirical Studies” w/D. Jason Slone (eds) (2019, New York: Bloomsbury).
Dr. McCorkle’s current interests involve the discovery of novel experimental methodologies for usage in the laboratory and the field, as well as, international collaborations with individual scholars and research programs in the development of research projects. His most recent projects involve the study of immunology and behavior.