Our research seeks to understand the characteristics and neural bases of time perception and awareness and how they can be modulated using verbal suggestion.
Interval timing 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, distortions in timing, intra-individual variability in interval timing, and dissociations between timing systems.
Our research on awareness involves applying a range of methods to study atypical awareness in dissociative and functional neurological disorders, metacognition, sense of agency, and synaesthesia.
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 variability in responsiveness to suggestion in a number of different contexts including hypnosis, placebo, and nocebo in healthy controls and psychiatric populations, with a primary focus being the neurocognitive basis of individual differences in hypnotic suggestibility.
To study these different phenomena, we use a wide range of methods including EEG, pharmacological manipulations (e.g., nitrous oxide), non-invasive brain stimulation, eye-tracking, psychophysics, and a variety of statistical approaches. Please contact us if you are interested in joining our lab as a student, postdoc, or research intern.