Computational Neurophenomenology

Over the past decade, computational models have been increasingly powerful in explaining neurobiological processes. These models also suggest possible mechanisms by which these biological processes allow for the emergence of complex cognitions. I am curious to explore how these models may be leveraged to deepen our insights into the emergence of experience or phenomenological content and consciousness as a whole. To this end, I intend to work toward integrating insights from empirical cognitive neuroscience, theoretical neurobiology, computational modeling, and philosophy.

The Neuroscience of Jhana Meditation

We work with expert Jhana practitioners in North America, Myanmar, Thailand, and India to study the Neurophysiological mechanisms associated with these profound states of mind. In particular, I aim to develop a comprehensive neuro-computational model that may give insights into mechanisms by which these states emerge and their impact on other cognitive functions.

Intersubjectivity: relationships within and between minds

Interactions with others may allow us to look at ourselves through the eyes of another, learn more about ourselves, challenge our views, and become inspired. Much of who we are is conditioned by social and cultural embedding and shaped by interactions with others. In studying intersubjectivity, we aim to better understand how dynamics between bodies and minds emerge in different contexts such as collective prayer, meditating with others, and psychedelic experiences in groups. In particular, I am interested in exploring how the physical meetings of bodies relate to imaginative encounters of other minds.