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  • From August 29 to 31, the “NOEx Workshop” discusses how to measure nonordinary experiences

    From August 29 to 31, the “NOEx Workshop” discusses how to measure nonordinary experiences

    May, 2nd 2024

    We’ve all likely had unusual experiences. Some are more common, like dreaming. Others are more rare: visions, hallucinations, or near-death experiences. Known as nonordinary experiences, these phenomena attract the attention of scientists worldwide while challenging the scientific community. After all, how can such experiences be evaluated?

    To discuss this topic, Pioneer Science is hosting the NOEx Workshop: Transdisciplinary Methods for Measuring Nonordinary Experiences in partnership with the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) and with support from the John Templeton Foundation (USA).

    With a program focused on practice, the workshop brings together international leaders on the subject, addressing the vast spectrum of human experience and mental health. The event focuses on advancing research methodologies and enhancing the skills necessary to empower researchers in this area.

    See workshop details below.

    August 29, 30, and 31, 2024

    D’Or Institute for Research and Education – São Paulo Headquarters – Auditorium
    Av. Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 5001 – Jardim Paulista – São Paulo  

    Confirmed speakers
    Ann Taves (UCSB)   
    Elliot Ihm (UCSB)    
    Jorge Moll Neto (IDOR | Pioneer Science) 
    Alexander Moreira-Almeida (UFJF) 
    Ronald Fischer (IDOR | Pioneer Science) 
    Everton Maraldi (IDOR | Pioneer Science)

    Participant profile
    The workshop aims to foster rich dialogue and collaborative exploration about religion, unusual experiences (NOEs), and mental health by disseminating measuring instruments and their results.

    In this context, the event is aimed at researchers and postgraduate and undergraduate students in disciplines related to the following topics:

    • Religious studies

    • Psychology

    • Cognitive sciences

    • Biological sciences

    • Social sciences


    Currently, the event is in the pre-registration phase, with limited spots. Pre-registration must be done through this link until May 31st, and participation is not guaranteed for those pre-registered.

    Selected participants will be informed by email to complete their registration. The registration fee is R$ 80 — the amount will be donated to the Love Your Mind Institute, a Brazilian social project focused on mental health. 

    Preliminary program

    The detailed agenda for the NOEx Workshop will be announced soon on the event’s website. Check out the preliminary program:

    > August 29 (Thursday)
    9 am to 6:30 pm – lectures and practices (conducted in English, no simultaneous translation)

    > August 30 (Friday)
    9 am to 6 pm – workshops (conducted in Portuguese)

    > August 31 (Saturday)
    9 am to 2:30 pm – lectures and round table (conducted in English, no simultaneous translation)


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