About

Most of my work has focused on characterizing the nature of preferences and motivation from mechanistic, developmental, and evolutionary perspectives. 

I have also studied the effects of brief mindfulness interventions on cognition and well-being. While conducting this research, I developed a neurophenomenological model of sensory absorption and ecstatic states via neural entrainment, which eventually led to developing a synthetic theory of consciousness attempting to integrate across seemingly conflicting perspectives. 

More recently I have proposed an account of embodied agency and free will, and am currently working on a unified mechanistic account of psychedelics. 

I am also involved in an ongoing research program to characterize ways that different forms of psychological flexibility might correlate with the dynamic character of brain networks, and possibly also physiological signals such as heart rate variability. 

Across all this work, my ultimate purpose is exploring how individuals can be adaptive, creative, and free in all aspects of their lives.