Andreas Roepstorff, Ph.D. is Professor, Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience and Department of Social Anthropology, Aarhus University / Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.

As an anthropologist in neuroscience, Andreas tries to maintain a dual perspective. He studies the workings of the brain, particularly at the levels of consciousness, cognition and communication. He is equally interested in how brain imaging, as a field of knowledge production, relates to other scientific and public fields.

He is project manager of Technologies of the Mind:

People have a unique capability to change actions, behavior and their ways of organizing. The technologies that surround us influence our perception of the world, but at the same time our ways of organizing ourselves is part of a technology that influences the world we are living in. How are we going to understand the interaction between technology, practice, and cognition? This project is focusing on how human thought activity exploits technology and culture and how it is influenced in return. Usually the brain is seen as a biological and “natural” part of the body, that can be separated from “artificial” inventions like culture and technology. As opposed to this, this project tries to understand technology as a way of using the brain and body, incorporated into practices that people develop naturally to reach different objectives. This project includes resources from the fields of anthropology, archaeology, linguistics and cognitive sciences to investigate e.g. rituals, reading and writing, masquerades, and physical objects. 

Andreas edited Imagining Nature: Practices of Cosmology and Identity and coedited Trusting the Subject? (Volumes 1 and 2). Read the full list of his publications. 

Andreas earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology at the University of Aarhus in 1995. He earned his BA and MA in Social Anthropology at the University of Aarhus in 1996. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the University of Aarhus in 2002.

Andreas was featured on the Mind & Life Podcast episode: Interacting Minds.

This profile was last updated on December 22, 2020

Mind & Life Connections


2020 Contemplative Research Conference Session

Plenary Panel: “Starting from Experience: Neurophenomenology and the Vision of Mind and Life Europe”

Moderators: John Dunne
Panel: Amy Cohen Varela, Antoine Lutz, Andreas Roepstorff

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Mindfulness


2016 Summer Research Institute Session

Interdisciplinary Panel & Small Groups

Panel: Andreas Roepstorff, Catherine Kerr, Laurence J. Kirmayer, David McMahan, Martijn van Beek, Carol Worthman

Topics: Interconnection | Self & Other

2016 Summer Research Institute Session

You Are Always on My Mind

Andreas Roepstorff

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Interconnection | Self & Other


2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Concurrent Session 3 – Integration and Engagement: Personal and Professional Practice in the Lab, the Clinic, and Education

Lone Fjorback, Andreas Roepstorff, Martijn van Beek

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Education | Mindfulness