Who I am…

My name is Timo Torsten Schmidt and I am a neuroscientist interested in the neuronal underpinnings of human consciousness. I work with methods from the field of computational cognitive neuroscience with a focus on functional neuroimaging.



In my research I focus on :

  • the mental representation of consciousness content (working memory and mental imagery)
  • mechanisms underlying altered states of consciousness

I am currently working @Neurocomputation and Neuroimaging Unit (NNU), Freie Universität Berlin

I am an advocate of Open Science and would like to foster that scientific findings are made publicly available. Currently, I am part of the Fellow Programm Offenen Wissen (Open knowledge), within which I am developing the Altered States Database (ASDB). This website makes scientific data on the subjective effects of different mind altering techniques publicly available, e.g. the experiences people have after consuming different drugs, or during such techniques as meditation or sensory deprivation.

Here are links to my social media and scientific profiles:

Besides my research, I am active in teaching at:

I offer professional workshops on the neuroscientific study of altered states of consciousness. Please find my teaching portfolio and background material here.