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Link Swanson

link@umn.edu
Center for Cognitive Sciences
S309 Elliott Hall
75 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Education

2020 PhD, Cognitive Science, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (expected)

2019 MA, Philosophy, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (expected)

2006 BASc, Psychology, University of Minnesota Duluth

2006 BA, Philosophy, University of Minnesota Duluth

Areas of specialization

cognitive science, philosophy of perception, philosophy of mind, psychedelic drugs

Areas of competence

neuroscience, neuropsychopharmacology, psychology

Publications

Swanson, LR (2018). Unifying Theories of Psychedelic Drug Effects. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 9, 172. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2018.00172

Swanson, LR (2016). The Predictive Processing Paradigm Has Roots in Kant. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. 10:79. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2016.00079

Invited talks

2020 Mar "Making Sense of Hallucination"
Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Louisville, Kentucky

2019 Oct “Do Psychedelic Drugs Disrupt Belief and Prior Knowledge?”
University of California, Berkeley

2018 Oct "My non-ideal self" (with Kathryn Swanson, PhD, JD)
Selfless Minds Workshop, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Frankfurt, Germany

2018 Oct “Predictive Brains on Psychedelic Drugs”
Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Conference Presentations

2019 Mar "Belief, expectation, and psychedelic drug mechanisms"
Community Symposium, Psychedelic Society of Minneapolis, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

2018 Jul “Unlearning to See: Linking the Perceptual and Clinical Effects of Psychedelic Drugs”
The 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, WI

2018 Apr "Unifying Theories of Psychedelic Drug Effects"
The Science of Consciousness, Tucson, AZ

2017 Jun "Theoretical Models of Psychedelic Drug Effects"
Breaking Convention, University of Greenwich, London, UK

2017 Apr “Bayesian Neuroscience of Psychedelic Drugs”
Spring Research Day, Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota

2017 Jan “Predictive processing models of psychedelic effects”
The Driftless Psychedelic Therapy Symposium, Viroqua, WI

2016 Jul "Panpsychism has no future in philosophy of mind"
Matter, Mind, and Consciousness, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

2016 Sep “User interfaces and the epistemology of the new computational cognitive revolution”
Informatics Institute and the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota

2016 Apr “The philosophical roots of predictive coding theory”
Spring Research Day, Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota

Departmental talks

2017 May "Hallucination and Perception: A Delicate Balance of Top-down and Bottom-up in the Predictive Brain"
Cognitive Science Colloquium Series, University of Minnesota

2016 Apr “What are the philosophical roots of predictive coding theory?”
Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

2016 Mar “The philosophical roots of predictive coding theory”
Department of Philosophy, University of Minnesota

Grants & fellowships

2016 “User interfaces and the epistemology of the new computational cognitive revolution”
University of Minnesota Informatics Institute Graduate Summer Fellowship
$5,000 (Office of the Vice President for Research)

2004 UROP Grant, Psychology, University of Minnesota Duluth
$1,500 (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program)

2002 UROP Grant, Psychology, University of Minnesota Duluth
$1,500 (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program)

Teaching experience

2005 Teaching Assistant, Intro to Philosophy, University of Minnesota Duluth

2005 Teaching Assistant, Transpersonal Psychology (online), University of Minnesota Duluth

2004 Teaching Assistant, Abnormal Psychology (online), University of Minnesota Duluth

Technical skills

Linux systems engineering, web development, and devops, using Docker, Ansible, Python, Drupal, YAML, CSS, HTML, Git.

Organizational affiliations

Cognitive Science Society - Student Member

Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota - Full Student Member

Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science - Graduate Student Fellow

Completed graduate coursework

GPA: 3.968

Year Course Title Grade
2018 NSC 8208 Neuropsychopharmacology A
2018 PSY 8036 Seminar: Computational Vision A
2016 PHIL 8110 Seminar: Metaphysics (Language) A
2016 PHIL 4055 Kant A
2016 LING 8900 Syntax Computation Meaning A-
2015 PSY 8041 Proseminar in Perception A
2014 PHIL 8180 Philosophy of Perception A
2013 PHIL 8180 Philosophy of Language A
2013 PHIL 4615 Minds, Bodies, Machines A