Link Swanson research statement¶
I study perception, illusion, hallucination, cognition, self, embodiment, ego, mind-body questions, 'consciousness', and psychedelic drug effects. I do this using techniques from cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, history of science, and machine learning.
I am interested in how brains distribute semantic meaning across multiple cognitive and perceptual modalities. Furthermore, I find that understanding the mechanisms of hallucinatory and psychedelic phenomena can provide unique insight into the neural mechanisms that support ordinary perception, emotion, cognition, and consciousness.
- Predictive processing framework
- Free energy principle
- Embodied cognition
- Nano intentionality
- Phenomenal intentionality
- Philosophical analysis
- History of science
- Subjective rating scales
- Brain imaging: EEG, MEG, fMRI
- Natural language processing
- Computational modeling
- Machine learning