Research poster 2023
Assistant at Center for Cognitive Science, University of Ljubljana.
The research wanted to tackle the question of mystical-type psychedelic experiences and their possible impact on everyday life experiences. Previous research showed that mystical-type psychedelic experiences are able to induce significant changes in behaviour and well-being, but rarely any study focused on the phenomenological aspect of such changes. The research aimed to address the gap in the literature by using a combination of descriptive experience sampling and micro-phenomenology interviews, while focusing on the changes in everyday experience and not the psychedelic experience itself. This research was conducted as part of a master's thesis under the mentorship of prof. dr. Urban Kordeš.
PhD candidate in International History & Politics and a teaching assistant at the Geneva Graduate Institute
My research aims at providing a critical history of animal communication studies in the 1960s, thus casting light on the way these ambitious multi/interdisciplinary fields emerged in the 1960s. In 1963, Thomas Sebeok sought to launch a field that he named ‘zoosemiotics’, which would later become a subbranch of biosemiotics. Spatially, current biosemiotics studies are concentrated and flourished particularly in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland and Denmark and, to a lesser extent Russia. Historically, the movement also had strong sympathizers in the US and Switzerland. For this conference, I investigated the use and impact of psychoactive and psychotropic drugs in animal studies during the 1960s. At the core of those debates were the notion of internal architectural aesthetics, the notion of instinct, and the philosophy of biology at large. It can be noted that from the 1940s to 1960s, the animal kingdom was endowed with three more ‘senses’: echolocation/sonar for bats and whales, electric ‘touch’ for knifefishes and the ability to detect magnetism for various species. Some scientists relied on psychedelic psychotropic or psychoactive substances to decipher animals' communication. My research is based on archival findings and will argue that psychedelics played an overlooked role in animal communication research in the 1960s, which was the heyday of ethology.
PhD (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich), IDUN Technologies AG
We are presenting the characterization of psilocybin treatment state using scalp and in-ear EEG brain-computer interfaces. In the current investigation we paired in-ear and scalp EEG to capture brain activity before and after taking psilocybin and showed psilocybin-induced alpha desynchronization of study participants. In-ear EEG represent a way to easily scale brain activity tracking outside of clinical environments, and developing neuromarkers for treatment state builds the foundation for measuring treatment response and personalization of treatments.