Recently he has published work studying the sociology of video gaming.Bainbridge began his academic career at the Choate Rosemary Hall preparatory school in his birthstate of Connecticut. in sociology at Harvard University and went on to study the sociology of religious cults.
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He is the first Senior Fellow to be appointed by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
Bainbridge is most well known for his work on the sociology of religion.
During the late 1970s and 1980s Bainbridge worked with Rodney Stark on the Stark-Bainbridge theory of religion, their theory, which aims to explain religious involvement in terms of rewards and compensators, is seen as a precursor of more explicitly recourse to economic principles in the study of religion, as later developed by Laurence Iannaccone and others.
From this period until the 2000s Bainbridge published more books dealing with space, religion, and psychology.These included a text entitled Experiments in Psychology (1986) which included psychology experimentation software coded by Bainbridge.The Library of Congress generally does not own rights to material in its collections and, therefore, cannot grant or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute the material.For further rights information, see "Rights Information" below and the Rights and Restrictions Information page ( If an image is displaying, you can download it yourself.(Some images display only as thumbnails outside the Library of Congress because of rights considerations, but you have access to larger size images on site.) Alternatively, you can purchase copies of various types through Library of Congress Duplication Services.