and multisensory brain mechanisms of self-consciousness and visual consciousness
Is it possible to have an experience in which our own body seems to be placed in another location than our physical body? Can such experiences be triggered in a laboratory? Does that mean that our self-consciousness can be tricked or that consciousness can be somewhere outside the body? Can we experience having an arm after the arm being amputated?
Olaf Blanke is considered by many as the scientist who has demonstrated that out-of-body experiences have a well defined scientific basis. Interestingly, he showed that conflicting visual-sensory input in a virtual reality set-up could affect the spatial unity between the self and the body making the participants experience a virtual body. How common are these experiences?
Blanke, for the first time in Denmark, will present studies that investigate bodily self-consciousness by exposing subjects to ambiguous multisensory information about the location and appearance of their own body. Such experiments, together with advance brain scanners, can pinpoint the brain locations which reflect bodily self-consciousness. Together with data acquired from neurological patients, he will argue that these brain mechanisms are not only crucial for bodily self-consciousness but also for perceptual and visual consciousness.
One out of 10 people on average claim to have had an out-of-body experience. Can one learn to trigger such experiences? Are there benefits of this to the treatment of neurological problems like pain in a phantom arm?
After Olaf Blanke's lecture on out-of-body experiences, the Søvnterapeuterne (sleep therapists) will again transform theory into action under their favourite conditions: equal parts of science and tasty cocktails. Here, the human acid-trip Mikkel Bajer in cahoots with emotion-pathologist Charlie Andersen recreate some of their self-effacing shortcuts to higher self-awareness of life's fine knife edge with the help of the death-violin and trance-guitar. So keep hanging between life and death after the lecture and enjoy tones from the grey zone between dream and reality.
Entrance to the event is free. No registration is necessary. Doors open at 19:00.