Manesh graduated with a BA in Cognitive Systems from UBC in May 2017. Following being a volunteer research assistant in the Christoff Lab for most of his undergrad, he has now taken up the position of lab coordinator and research assistant.
Throughout his undergrad, Manesh was involved in a number of projects related to meditation, mind-wandering, and the functional network dynamics of the brain – including running his own research project employing EEG to examine the precise neural dynamics underlying spontaneous thought.
Currently, he is running functional connectivity-based network analyses on an fMRI dataset collected by Matt Dixon in our lab and is finishing up a review paper on psychedelically-induced alterations of self, among other things. His interests span spontaneous thought, meditation, the self, psychedelic experience, altered states of consciousness, the interaction between internal and external cognition, and brain network dynamics more generally. He has plans to join Dr. Nathan Spreng at McGill University in Fall 2018 to pursue his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience.