Phenomenoconnectomics – Big Data on Altered States of Consciousness
The neuroscientific study of altered states of consciousness aims to characterize neuronal mechanisms underlying changes in perception and thinking during different altered-state conditions. With the psychedelic renaissance, new pharmacologic neuroimaging studies (fMRI) were conducted. However, these studies were limited to small numbers of subjects and therefore suffer from low statistical power. In my presentation, I will introduce ‘Phenomenoconnectomics’ as a new meta-analytic approach to identify common neuronal mechanisms across diversely induced ASCs. This approach aims to characterize basic ‘dimensions of consciousness’ and relates them to neuronal processes. Following the assumption that similar subjective experiences rely on similar neuronal processes, the study of similarities between diversely induced ASCs, might allow to relate aspects of subjective experiences to brain processes, particularly to patterns of brain connectivity.
Timo received a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from the University of Osnabrück, Germany, a master’s degree in medical neuroscience from the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and is an associate of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin. The study of brain processes during altered states of consciousness is the focus of his research with current neuroimaging methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).