Anticipation in Traditional Healing Ceremonies: The Call from Our Past

  • Thomas SchackEmail author
  • Ellen Schack


A particular understanding of anticipation in human motor action is introduced in order to provide an example of how this research can be used to develop new technical devices to support anticipation in medicine. The second part serves as an introduction to certain traditional healing ceremonies, which may allow quite different reflections about the role of anticipation in human action and life. Ceremonies are described as technologies to improve personal and social anticipation at different dimensions.


Anticipation Basic action concepts Cognitive interaction technology Healing ceremonies Motor action 



We wish to express gratitude to the German Excellence Initiative of the Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft (German National Science Foundation) for its support of the work of CITEC; and to the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research for its support of the ADAMAAS research. We acknowledge especially the help and input of Tom Blue Wolf (Georgia/USA), spiritual leader of the Muskogee nation, charter member of the World Council of Elders, and the Indigenous Healers Association; and Alexander Borges Fernandez (Matanzas, Cuba), head of Santeria-Institution (Cardenas); and so many other healers for providing insight into their practices and an understanding of the world, life, and anticipation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology and Sport SciencesBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Cognitive Interaction TechnologyCenter of Excellence, Bielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany
  3. 3.CoR-LabResearch Institute for Cognition and Robotics, Bielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany
  4. 4.von Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen BethelProWerkBielefeldGermany

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