Author: zceydas

The costs and benefits of psychedelics

Psychedelic art, a movement that started in the 1960s, was inspired by the insights derived during the use of psychoactive substances that are known as psychedelics. From the unique riffs of Janis Joplin’s Summertime to the designs of Wes Wilson’s posters, psychedelic art overwhelmed the audience with kaleidoscopic images and fractal sounds. Albert Hoffman, the […]

When effort is fun

All throughout my Ph.D., I tried to understand what makes us avoid cognitive effort. The concept of ‘effort avoidance’ just felt so intuitive, specifically when I was struggling with the requirements of a Ph.D. program. Cognitive effort must have held an intrinsic cost! On a typical day (and not just during a Ph.D. program!!), we […]

Around the world in a science haze

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) revolutionized cognitive neuroscience and how we understand the mind-body relationship in human research. With the use of fMRI, we can localize brain functions with precision and test theoretical assumptions about the nature of cognitive processes. fMRIs are also million dollar machines that cost ~$500 per scan. That means allocating this […]