Our research concerns a range of phenomena pertaining to awareness and its top-down regulation by suggestion. Within these broad domains, we primarily study time perception and suggestibility. Time perception represents a fundamental feature of conscious experience that impacts a diverse array of motor and psychological functions. Research in our lab focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying the perception of duration, intra-individual variability in interval timing, and dissociations between timing systems.
Suggestions are communications for an involuntary response and represent an effective, but poorly understood, way to modulate the contents of consciousness. We study suggestion and suggestibility in a number of different contexts but most of our research in this area concerns hypnosis, with a primary focus being the neurocognitive basis of individual differences in hypnotic suggestibility. We also conduct research on different phenomena related to awareness including dissociative states, mind wandering, sense of agency, metacognition, and synaesthesia. To study these phenomena, we use a wide range of methods including EEG, non-invasive brain stimulation, MRI, eye-tracking, pharmacological interventions, psychophysics, and robust statistics.
Please contact us if you are interested in joining our lab as a student, postdoc, or research intern.