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A Conversation with Kati Devaney

Kati Devaney

Host Michael Taft talks with neuroscientist and Executive Director of the Alembic, Kati Devaney about meditation, the neuroscience of meditation, predictive processing, the wonder of travel, psychedelics, and more.

Kathryn Devaney, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist and meditation practitioner, with over 20 years of meditation experience. Kati earned her PhD in 2018, using fMRI to examine attention and default mode network function in experienced Vipassana meditators. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Kati moved to Berkeley CA to start The Berkeley Alembic Foundation with Michael Taft and Erik Davis. Kati is currently the Executive Director of The Alembic, the Chief Science Officer of, and a researcher at the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics. 

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3 thoughts on “A Conversation with Kati Devaney”

  1. I am interested in neuro-ethics. How are we using psychedelics to change consciousness in a way that is ethical and pursues the ‘good’; and how are we using our minds to change the psychedelics that is ethical and pursues the ‘good’.

  2. This was another great episode. Kati’s comments about the virtualises of the world we sometimes inhabit resonated, especially after recently reading “The Matter with Things”.

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