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16. The Mind and Vision w/ Abhranil Das
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16. The Mind and Vision w/ Abhranil Das

Physics doctorate and psychedelic researcher
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Abhranil “Neel” Das is originally from India, where he earned his Bachelor's and Master’s in physics. He then received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, performing interdisciplinary research in computational neuroscience and vision science. He is now continuing as a postdoc while working at UT's new Psychedelics Research and Therapy Center, conducting tests and analysis on how psychedelic treatment might improve mental health. Much of his efforts have focused on understanding how the visual part of our brain functions, how it makes sense of the images it sees, and how vision correlates to cognition.

I was Patient Zero for his current experiments as part of a more extensive study, which is how we met. I found his work fascinating, specifically how measuring eye movement may help diagnose and track quantitative improvement for conditions like depression.

During our conversation, we discussed his studies, EMDR, psychedelics in general, the sense of self, and other topics. Neel has his own podcast, The Room of Lives, which focuses on science, spirituality, the mind, and mystery, where this episode first appeared. Consequently, the initial eighteen minutes were mainly him interviewing me. I hope you enjoy this discussion as much as I did.

You can learn more about Neel at abhranil.net.

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