The role of alcohol in expectancy-driven mystical experiences: a pre-registered field study using placebo brain stimulation
Self-transcendent experiences are characterised by strong feelings of connectedness and a loss of self. These experiences can be induced through vast natural beauty, great works of art or contemplative practices. In the PRSM lab we investigate how self-transcendent experiences affect self-perception, attention and ultimately how these experiences contribute to human flourishing.
Mystical experiences are characterised by feelings of unity, insight and ineffability. A key question in the study of mystical experiences concerns whether these experiences reflect a universal, deeply engrained prototype, or whether they are shaped and constructed through cultural learning. We aim to develop a new philosophy of mystical experiences, and to unravel the psychological and neural processes underlying these experiences.