About

the person I have been

In two words

Meticulous polymath

In twenty seconds

PhD candidate at the University of Toronto studying meta-awareness and attention. Co-Founder of the Psychedelic Studies Research Program and Canadian Centre for Psychedelic Science pioneering research on psychedelic microdosing. Side-projects on mediation, creativity, wisdom, and attention. Strong focus on rigour and transparency.

In ninety seconds

My PhD supervisor is Prof. Norman Farb in the Regulatory and Affective Dynamics Laboratory. My PhD committee includes Prof. Michael Inzlicht (social neuroscientist) and Prof. Kei Fukuda (cognitive neuroscientist).

I am developing neuroanalytic methods aimed at studying meta-awareness: the moment that we realize that our behaviours are not aligned with our overall goals. The clearest example of this is when we catch ourselves unintentionally mind-wandering even though our goal is to pay attention to the task at hand.

I collect and analyze self-report, behavioural, physiological, and neuroimaging (MRI, fNIRS, EEG) data. I’m ultimately trying to model how 1.5 kg of fatty brain-tissue consciously experiences a universe, but for now I take baby steps toward answering those big questions. My PhD attempts to develop tools for modelling the neural dynamics of attention and meta-awareness: objectively quantifying the subjective.

I love to collaborate so feel free to reach out. Collaboration is a resource-multiplier. I take special joy in designing Xanatos gambit experiments; it is an exercise in reducing inefficiencies and I love it.

Read my CV for the concise summary (link may not work if you’re on a VPN).

A brief timeline of my personal universe

My Personal Life

Not that it’s anyone’s business, but here are a few things about me. I adore decadence.

This Website

This site is powered by Hugo Minimal theme and made in R using the package blogdown. It is hosted and deployed with Netlify and the domain was purchased through GoDaddy.

This website was inspired by Derek Sivers’ website and the code was based on Hause Lin’s website. Hause is a friend and colleague of mine who does great work and I personally recommend his hausekeep package of tools.