This is a presentation given by John Vervaeke at a conference titled "Altered Mind/Altered Being: The Utility of Shamanic Practice"
This talk will argue that shamanic ritual can induce an altered state of consciousness that enhances insight, mindsight, implicit learning, and optimizes cognition and consciousness in an integrated manner. This account integrates well theoretically with Winkleman’s work on cross modular and neuroaxial integration.
John Vervaeke is an Assistant Professor, in the teaching stream. He has been teaching at the University of Toronto since 1994. He currently teaches courses in the Cognitive Science program including Introduction to Cognitive Science, and the Cognitive Science of Consciousness; courses in the Psychology department on thinking and reasoning with an emphasis on insight problem solving, cognitive development with an emphasis on the dynamical nature of development, and higher cognitive processes with an emphasis on intelligence, rationality, mindfulness, and the Psychology of wisdom.
He also teaches a course in the Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health program on Buddhism and Cognitive Science. He has won and been nominated for several teaching awards including the 2001 Students’ Administrative Council and Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students T…
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