Religious influences on behavioural and brain response to mortality threats

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Public lecture presented by 2017 La Trobe Asia Visiting Fellow Professor Shihui Han

Wednesday 31 May 2017 12:30 pm until Wednesday 31 May 2017 02:00 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Asia; 9479 5414;
Presented by:
The School of Psychology & Public Health / La Trobe Asia
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training; Public

Religious believers exhibit different religious practices and daily life activities, highlighting the influences of religious beliefs on human behaviour. However, whether believers from the world's major religions have a fundamental similarity of behavioural tendencies that distinguishes them from nonbelievers remains unclear.

Professor Shihui Han will present recent research that shows behavioural evidence that religious beliefs of the world's major religions reduce behavioural tendencies to avoid mortality threats in Christians, Muslims and Hindus.

Brain imaging findings reveal neuroscience evidence that religious beliefs result in decreased brain activity in response to oneself under mortality threats. Professor Shihui will discuss how these findings help us to understand the psychological and social function of religion and religious influences on social behaviour.

About the speaker

Dr Shihui Han (Department of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Peking University) is a distinguished professor and a principal investigator at PKU-IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Peking University. He is the director of Culture and Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. He studies cultural and genetic influences on neural substrates of social cognition such as self-referential processing, empathy, death awareness, etc. His research contributes to the development of cultural neuroscience in the world.

Professor Shihui Han is one of the 2017 La Trobe Asia Visiting Fellows working in the School of Psychology and Public Health.

Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Location: Hoogenraad LectureTheatre, LIMS 1 Building, Science Drive, Bundoora Campus, La Trobe University

This will be video conferenced to Albury-Wodonga (AW-4245 - Staff VC Venue) and Bendigo (AS 2.24B)

RSVP appreciated but not essential by 30 May


Hoogenraad Lecture Theatre

Room 101, LIMS 1, Science Drive, La Trobe University



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