I’m investigating how long-term meditation practice affects the most basic processes of the brain, and thereby shedding light on just how malleable and plastic the brain is. There is hardly a more unique population than those who sit still, in silence, for tens of thousands of hours. We already know this impacts the brain in a potent way, but we don’t yet know how deep the effects go. Using the burgeoning theories known broadly under the banner of predictive processing, I’m testing whether the brains fundamental tendency to interpret the world according to our beliefs can be influenced. Is it possible that meditation genuinely allows practitioners to perceive the world in a more direct way, beyond conceptions? During my PhD, I conducted research on insight moments and epiphanies. For more information, see https://rubenlaukkonen.com.