Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2014
M.Sc., International Health, Charite, University of Berlin, Germany, 2016
M.Sc., Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrueck, Germany, 2009
M.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Guadalajara, 2002,
I am interested in understanding the neural correlates of subjective experience, in particular, the mechanisms underlying the interactions between mind/brain and body. My research is focused in correlating subjective first-person experiences with neuronal activation of different networks (i.e. DMN & CEN) in the brain during controlled and sustained attentional periods, especially during meditation. Additionally, we are using real-time functional magnetic imaging and simultaneous electroencephalography to manipulate the spatiotemporal signature of this particular networks and mind/brain states (i.e. meditation). If possible, this could then be used as a template for efficient neurofeedback protocols in psychopathology. I am also currently involved in a RCT with low SES students in order to elucidate whether school-based mindfulness training significantly improves executive functions and self-control as well as emotional resilience and well being. If mindfulness does improve self-control and emotional well being, this study will help the participating students and serve as a practical model for widespread fostering moral and ethical behavior, as well as self-control in children.