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My name is Clara and this is my tiny personal page - which is still work in progress. More sections are coming up (Breathwork, Art Portfolio and more...), so bear with me if you are currently not finding what you may be looking for.
In any case, you are very welcome to contact me!
I am currently pursuing my PhD in cognitive developmental neuroscience in the research group lead by Charlotte Grosse Wiesmann at the Max Planck Insitute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.
In my project, we study the neural basis of early social cognition, focusing on the development of understaning self and other. Basically, we want to explore how children start to reflect on themselves and thus develop an idea of themselves. Further, we ask how this emergence of their own perspective is influenced by their social surroundings and how this relates to understanding other people's perspectives.
On a broader scale, I am interested in the intersection of psychology, philosophy, art and science. Some questions that drive me forward are: What influences children's understanding of the world and themselves and how does that shape their later behavior? What are factors promoting a healthy mind? In what ways can we express and communicate our thoughts and feelings? What inspires people to change their perspective in a sustained way? How can research into altered states experienced through meditation, breathwork and psychedelic subsances inform our understanding of who we are?
And how does all of this impact how we act towards ourselves, within society and our natural environment?
Featuring articles covering a wide range of topics within the scope of evidence-based psychedelic science, brain and consciousness research and it's safe and legal applications.
Part of the organisational team for the non-profit project "Zen Lab" in Leipzig, promoting a meaningful and compassionate way of living through zen meditation practice.
Project "Understanding Self and Other in the Developing Brain" in developmental cognitive neuroscience in the lab of Dr. Charlotte Grosse Wiesmann at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.
8-months training with Alchemy of Breath to facilitate group and individual breathwork sessions as a mind-body practice for enhanced well-being.
200h certified Yoga Alliances teacher training with Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School for Vinyasa & Ashtanga yoga.
Herzog Fiesser & Partner Patent Attorneys,
Central Institute of Mental Health,
Bachelor Thesis in Experimental Neurosurgery in the lab of Prof. Christel Herold-Mende at the University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany.