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.

Research Statement

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.



  • Philosophical analysis
  • History of science
  • Phenomenology
  • Subjective rating scales
  • Psychophysics
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Brain imaging: EEG, MEG, fMRI
  • Natural language processing
  • Computational modeling
  • Machine learning

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