Religion Cognition and Behavior Lab

University of Amsterdam

Absorption, spirituality & awe
















Feelings of spirituality, absorption and awe are characterized by the disappearance of the bodily self, a loss of sense of time and space and a feeling of connectedness with the surrounding world. In this research line a novel neurocognitive model of spiritual experiences is being investigated. A central idea is that these experiences are related to profound changes in the body representation, peripersonal space and the sense of agency.


We use experimental manipulations to induce feelings of spirituality and awe (e.g. tDCS, Virtual Reality, Sensory Deprivation) to investigate the effects of absorption on multisensory integration.