Phillip Johnston

Graduate Student

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SHORT BIO

I received my bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Toronto. While pursuing my degree, I was fortunate enough to take part in a rather eclectic set of research projects, ranging from cardiovascular psychophysiology to investigating whether mystical experiences lead to a more meaningful life.

In my current work with the lab, I am leveraging the power of The Virtual Brain to model multisensory integration and map the network properties that support it, with the two-part goal of furthering basic understanding of the integration process itself, as well as the etiology of brain conditions in which this process goes awry.

 

 

As a new graduate student, I’m thrilled to be taking the first step in my career at the McIntosh Lab. In my short time here, I’ve already been hugely inspired by the innovation and diversity of perspective present in this lab.

In terms of my own background, I received my bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Toronto. While pursuing my degree, I was fortunate enough to take part in a rather eclectic set of research projects, ranging from cardiovascular psychophysiology to investigating whether mystical experiences lead to a more meaningful life. It was during this time that I decided I wanted to combine computational modelling (a new interest of mine) with my most longstanding fascination in science: multisensory perception. Broadly speaking, I aim to investigate how our individual perceptual experiences sculpt our behaviour, cognition, and social interactions throughout our lives.

As part of the McIntosh Lab, I hope to leverage the power of The Virtual Brain to model multisensory integration and map the network properties that support it, with the two-part goal of furthering basic understanding of the integration process itself, as well as the etiology of brain conditions in which this process goes awry.

Outside of the lab I am an active musician and music producer, with a love of sound design inspired in part by my perceptual research. As such, I feel extremely fortunate to find myself among researchers who appreciate the art in science, and vice versa.

With that, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the McIntosh Lab for welcoming me warmly, and I look forward to seeing what the next few years will bring!