I am interested in the plasticity of human consciousness. My research investigates practices that aim to transform subjective experience—from meditation and hypnosis to placebos, prayer, and contemplative therapies. I work from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining cognitive, neurobiological, and phenomenological approaches to shed light on mechanisms of self-regulation in both health and pathology.
I completed my PhD in neuroscience at McGill University and am currently working with Tanya M. Luhrmann as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford. My work has been supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Bial Foundation, and the Mind & Life Institute. Before my doctorate, I completed a master’s in neuroscience and an undergraduate with honours in psychology and minors in philosophy and world religions, all at McGill.

This profile was last updated on October 6, 2018

Mind & Life Connections

2017

2017 Summer Research Institute Session

Part I – Transdisciplinary Research

Evan Thompson, Michael Lifshitz, Elizaveta Solomonova, Lis Nielsen

Topics: Education | Interconnection

2017 Summer Research Institute Session

Part II – Transdisciplinary Research

Michael Lifshitz, Wendy Weber, Clifford Saron, Elizaveta Solomonova

Topics: Education | Interconnection

2011
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