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Expectations, Magic, and Bible reading

IMC Seminar with Uffe Schjødt from the Department of Culture and Society - Study of Religion, Aarhus University.

Info about event


Tuesday 5 November 2013,  at 11:00 - 13:00


Aarhus, Nobelparken, building 1483, 3rd floor, IMC meeting room


Interacting Minds Centre

Uffe Schjødt: Presenting on November 5th I hope to get valuable feedback on two studies that will be run by the end of November. 

Study 1: We combine suggestion with a bistable visual stimulus to produce the illusion of motor control. Participants are explained that a rotating wheel on a computer is programmed to shift direction when they press a button. In fact the wheel is not rotating and the button does nothing. Still, pilot results indicate that this induction of expected control is sufficient for participants to unconsciously switch between two stable perceptual states to produce the illusion of motor control. Fascinating! but the story is a bit more complex.

Study 2: We use eyetracking to examine how level of source credibility affects the reading of the bible in students of theology. Exciting stuff! Info on the full paradigm in the presentation. 

Comments are most welcome and will be much appreciated.