Dipl.-Inf.(FH) Daniel Böttger, M.A.

Research associate at the Stiftung Deutsche Depressionhilfe

Multidisciplinary researcher in psychology of religion, psychiatry and machine learning




Curriculum Vitae

University education

  • 2004 Diplom-Informatiker (FH) degree (BS+MS equivalent in information technology), University of Applied Sciences Mittweida.
  • 2004-2006 Magister (M.A. equivalent) student in study of religion with auxiliary subjects psychology and cultural anthropology, University of Leipzig.
  • 2006-2008 M.A. student in study of religion, University of Leipzig.
  • 2008 M.A. degree in the study of religion, University of Leipzig.

Selected occupations

  • 2006 Student assistant, Study of Religion Institute at the University of Leipzig, May to December.
  • 2006 Intern, Psychology of Religion Research Group, University of Trier, July to October.
  • 2007 Freelance editor for Lexikon der Weltreligionen [Lexicon of World Religions], Wissen Digital Verlag.
  • 2007 Intern, Psychology of Religion Research Group, University of Trier, February to March.
  • 2008-2010 Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft [Research assistant], University of Leipzig.
  • 2009-2010 Lehrbeauftragter [Assistant lecturer], University of Leipzig.
  • 2010-2014 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter [Research associate], University of Leipzig.
  • since 2014 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter [Research associate], Stiftung Deutsche Depressionshilfe.

Publications

  • Digitale Bildtransformationen und ihr Einsatz in der Lehre an der Hochschule Mittweida (FH). [Digital image transforms and their use in teaching at the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida]. Thesis for attainment of the degree of Diplom- Informatiker (FH) at the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida, 2003.
  • Ergebnisbericht zur religionspsychologischen Studie ”Intersubjektivität von Tranceerleben durch religiös-rituelle Körperhaltungen” [Results report of the psychology of religion study ”Intersubjectivity of trance experiences through religious-ritual body postures”]. In: Zeitschrift für junge Religionswissenschaft 3, 2007. PDF
  • Improving tension regulation in patients with personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and bulimia, with Solzbacher S, Memmesheimer M, Mussgay L, Rüddel H. In: Sorbi MJ, Rüddel H, Bühring MEF (Eds.): Frontiers in Stepped eCare, p.111-120. Utrecht: Universiteit Utrecht 2007.
  • Das Forschungsprojekt "Zur Psychologie von Glaubenszweifeln" [The research project "On the psychology of religious doubt"] with Lehmann A, Rosenthal R. In Murken S. (Ed.): Ohne Gott leben. Religionspsychologische Aspekte des "Unglaubens". Marburg: Diagonal Verlag 2008.
  • Opposition zum Christentum [Opposition to Christianity] with Lehmann A. In Murken S. (Ed.): Ohne Gott leben. Religionspsychologische Aspekte des "Unglaubens". Marburg: Diagonal Verlag 2008.
  • Empirische Überprüfung der Auswirkung von facial feedback auf die subjektive Wahrnehmung von Ritualen [Empirical examination of the effect of facial feedback on the subjective perception of ritual]. Thesis for attainment of the Master of Arts degree in Religionswissenschaft [Study of Religion], University of Leipzig. PDF
  • Ohne Gott leben. Religionspsychologische Aspekte des "Unglaubens" [Life without God. Psychology of religion perspectives on "Disbelief"]. In: Bergold, Ralph, Becker-Huberti, Manfred (Hrsg.): Was glaubt, wer nicht glaubt? Katholisch-Soziales Institut 2009.
  • To say "Krishna" is to smile - emotion psychology and the neurology of mantra singing. In "The Varieties of Ritual Experience" (ed. by Jan Weinhold & Geoffrey Samuel)  as a section of the series "Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual", Volume II: "Body, performance, agency and experience". Wiesbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz 2010.
  • What promotes and inhibits cooperation in mental health care across disciplines, services and service sectors? A qualitative study with Bramesfeld A, Ungewitter C, El Jurdi J, Losert C, Kilian R. In: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences 21(1), pp. 63-71.
  • Struktur und Kooperation in der Versorgung psychisch Kranker [Structure and cooperation in mental health care] with Ungewitter C, El-Jurdi J, Kilian R, Losert V, Ludwig K, Steinkohl V, Bramesfeld A. In: Nervenarzt 84, 307, 2013. DOI 10.1007/s00115-011-3433-1.
  • Die Selbstbeschränkung des religiösen Subjekts: Überlegungen und empirische Befunde zu den Grenzen religiöser Individualisierungsprozesse [The religious person limiting itself: Considerations and findings on the limits of processes of religious individualization] with Murken S, Rößler-Namini S. In: Marburg Journal of Religion 17, 2013. PDF
  • Yawning in Depression: Worth Looking Into with Hensch T, Blume A, Sander C, Niedermeier N, Hegerl U. In Pharmacopsychiatry 02/2015 DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1545332.
  • Assessment of Wakefulness and Brain Arousal Regulation in Psychiatric Research with Sander C, Hensch T, Wittekind D A, Hegerl U. In: Neuropsychobiology 01/2016; DOI:10.1159/000439384.

Convention papers

  • Vereint gegen das System: New Age und Anarchie [United against the system: New Age and anarchism]. Paper delivered at the Studierendensymposium Religionswissenschaft, Fribourg 2005.
  • Quo vadis Religionswissenschaft? Perspektiven Studierender. [Quo vadis study of religion? Students' perspectives.] With Rosenthal R, Roth J, Lehmann A, Führding S. Panel presented at the 27. Biannual Conference of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft. Bayreuth 2005.
  • Workshop Experimentelle Religionspsychologie [Workshop on experimental psychology of religion]. Workshop led at the Studierendensymposium Religionswissenschaft, Marburg 2006.
  • Digitale Bildtransformationen und die Quantifizierung der Tauglichkeit von Bildern für religiöse Zwecke [Digital image transforms and quantifying the usability of images for religious purposes]. Paper delivered at the Arbeitstagung Religionsästhetik, München 2007.
  • Devianzwirtschaftslehre statt Pluralisierungsgerede: Vorteile religionsökonomischer Theoriebildung am praktischen Beispiel [Economics of deviance instead of pluralization talk: advantages of economic theorizing on religion in a practical case]. Paper delivered at the Studierendensymposium Religionswissenschaft, Leipzig 2007.
  • Workshop Jobchancen trotz Religionswissenschaft [Workshop on job opportunities in spite of the study of religion], with Böhnhardt F. Workshop led at the Studierendensymposium Religionswissenschaft, Leipzig 2007.
  • Rational choice, hidden knowledge and the phenomenology of magic. Paper delivered at the DVRW/EASR-Conference, Bremen 2007.
  • Die Neurologie des Mantrasingens: Eine religionspsychologische Experimentalstudie [The neurology of mantra singing: an experimental study in the psychology of religion]. Paper delivered at the Studierendensymposium Religionswissenschaft, Münster 2008.
  • To say "Krishna" is to smile - emotion psychology and the neurology of mantra singing. Paper delivered at the Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual 2008 conference.
  • Ohne Gott leben. Religionspsychologische Aspekte des "Unglaubens" [Life without God. Psychology of religion perspectives on "Disbelief"]. Paper delivered at the 2. Bad Honnefer disputatio 2008.
  • Facial feedback as a predictor of vowel selection in mantras. Paper delivered at the biannual conference of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion, Vienna 2009.
  • New EEG and personality correlates of Mystical Experience. Paper delivered at the biannual conference of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion, Bari 2011.

Poster presentations

  • Facial feedback als Prädiktor der Auswahl von Vokalen in Mantren [Facial feedback as a predictor of vowel selection in mantras]. Poster presented at the biannual conference of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft, Bochum 2009.
  • VIGALL: Ein Software-Tool zur automatischen Erfassung der Wachheitsregulation [VIGALL: A software tool for automated recognition of vigilance regulation]. Poster presented at NeZuMed Kooperationskongress Medizintechnik, Erlangen 2012.
  • Mystische Erfahrung als Korrelat veränderter Kausalitätskognition [Mystical experience as a correlate of altered causal cognition]. Poster presented at the biannual conference of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft, Göttingen 2013.
  • VIGALL 2.0: A free software tool for semi-automated EEG vigilance research. Poster presented at the 18th Biennial Meeting of the International Pharmaco-EEG Society, Leipzig 2014.

Seminars

  • Wesentliche Ergebnisse empirischer Religionspsychologie [Essential findings of the empirical psychology of religion], winter term 2009/2010.

Student-organized seminars 

  • Religionen in Leipzig [Religions in Leipzig], with Bamert M, winter term 2005/2006.
  • Von Arktische Religion bis Zigarrenzauber: ungewöhnliche Themen der Religionswissenschaft [From arctic religion to cigar magic: unusual topics in the study of religion], with Bamert M and Rosenthal R, summer term 2006.
  • Geschichte der Esoterik [History of esotericism], summer term 2007.
  • Wikipedia als religionswissenschaftliches Forschungsobjekt [Wikipedia as an object of study of religion research], with Liesche S, winter term 2007/2008.

Publications (popular science)

  • Distanzprobleme: Zum religionswissenschaftlichen Umgang mit dem Okkultismus [Problems of distance: On treating occultism in study of religion]. In: Der Golem: Zeitschrift für Magick, Gnosis und Metaphysik 19, 2005.
  • Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen der okkulten Rockszene: Metal und Okkultismus [An offstage look at the occult rock scene: Metal music and occultism]. In: RockHard 226, 2006.
  • The Matrix Tarot. Video published on YouTube, Nov 25, 2007.
  • Psychological study of mantra singing. Video published on YouTube, Jan 1, 2009.
  • Interview about magic, published on the REMID Blog, Jun 24, 2011.
  • Interview snippet about facial feedback and mantras, broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur, Jul 28, 2012.
  • VIGALL 2.0: Analyzing different functional brain states and their regulation during resting states with Hegerl U, Hensch T, Sander C. Press release Brain Products 10/2014.
  • Interview about artificial intelligence research, broadcast on WDR 1LIVE, Jul 13, 2015.

"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it is wrong."

Richard Feynman

Current research

Cognitive psychology of mystical experience

Vigilance regulation in psychopathology

Applications of regularised regression in EEG analysis

Memberships

Religionswissenschaftliches Institut der Universität Leipzig

Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft (DVRW)

International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR)

Zeitschrift für junge Religionswissenschaft (ZjR)

Contact

Daniel Böttger
Klinik für Psychiatrie Universitätsklinikum Leipzig
Semmelweisstraße 10
04103 Leipzig
daniel.boettger@medizin.uni-leipzig.de