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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):

Extase (2017) on the God Helmet and other religious experiences

De Gelovige Geest (2012) on the psychology of religion


Het Baby Brein (2010) on the development of the brain in babies


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