Michiel van Elk

Religion Cognition and Behavior Lab

University of Amsterdam

Michiel van Elk
















Michiel van Elk


Michiel studied philosophy, biological psychology and the psychology of religion in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Njjmegen. He completed his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen and was a visiting researcher at UCSB in California. He worked as a Marie Curie post-dotoral fellow at the EPFL in Switzerland. Since 2013 he is working as assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam supported by grants from the Templeton Foundation, the BIAL Foundation and the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research. In 2017 he has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University supported by a Fullbright Scholarship.


His research focuses on religious experiences and includes both self-report, psychophysical and neuroimaging methods.


Michiel published popular science books (in Dutch) on the baby brain, on the psychology of religion

and on religious experiences.


Michiel loves cycling and plays the accordeon in Bieslook Karavaan and with Lenya.