Thursday 28 June 2018 | 5-7PM

Elvet Riverside (ER207) | Durham

Hearing the Voice warmly invites you to attend a public lecture by Uffe Schjødt (Aarhus University) on 28 June (5-7PM) at Elvet Riverside. During this lecture, Uffe will outline the predictive processing framework, explore its possible application to the study of religious experience, and consider the challenges associated with designing suitable experimental paradigms.

All are welcome to this free event.




A full abstract can be found below:

Predictive processing is a promising theoretical framework for explaining basic perception and cognition. But is it also useful for understanding religious experience? In this presentation, Uffe Schjødt (Aarhus University) explores the predictive processing framework and its possible application in the study of religious experience. The lecture will cover recent theoretical and empirical work, and discuss the challenges of designing experimental paradigms in which predictive processes can be studied in actual authentic religious practices. Early attempts that use eye-tracking, EEG, and fMRI to this end seem promising, but the ambitious goal of explaining religious experience in predictive minds has not – as of yet – been achieved.

Uffe Schjødt is a researcher at Aarhus University, and is interested in the neurology of social and cultural phenomena. He is the author of several studies that examine the biological and evolutionary foundations of charisma and religion.