Vince Polito

Research Fellow in Cognitive Science

Macquarie University


I’m a Research Fellow in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University. I’m interested in self representation, in particular how we monitor feelings of control over our actions (sense of agency) and how we track our bodies in space (body representation).

My research focuses on developing measures of how our sense of self changes in different contexts, clinical conditions, and altered states of consciousness.

My work has been profiled by Buzzfeed, Nine News, ABC News24 and many others.


  • Self Representation
  • Sense of Agency
  • Belief Formation
  • Altered States of Consciousness

Current Research

Self Representation

Measures and tools for understanding how we monitor our actions and bodies.

Altered States

What can altered states of consciousness teach us about cognition?

Microdosing Psychedelics

What are the short and long term effects of microdosing psychedelic substances?

Wise Cogntion

How do beliefs, memory and decision making processes shape our individual and social behaviours?

Media & Outreach


Australian Psychedelic Research Panel

Entheogenesis Australis Garden States 2020

Jul 5, 2020

Editors’ Picks 2019

PLOS Blogs

Dec 31, 2019

Microdosing research in New Zealand

TV1 New Zealand

Nov 26, 2019

Experiments with LSD

Radio New Zealand

Aug 29, 2019

Up and atom [from 2:27:00]

FBI Radio

Aug 13, 2019

Microdosing | Worklife 101

BBC News

Jul 22, 2019

Microdosing and peak performance

L’ADN [French]

Jun 26, 2019

Australian microdosing trends

ABC Radio Melbourne

May 6, 2019

Experiences Of microdosing psychedelics

Australian Psychedelic Society

Apr 19, 2019

Smoke and Mirrors: The Science of Magic

Wellcome Trust Exhibition

Apr 11, 2019

Drogen-Kick furs Buro

Sueddeutsche Zeitung [German]

Mar 7, 2019

Microdosing psychedelics

ABC News24

Feb 9, 2019

Can microdosing actually help you?

2SER - The Daily

Feb 7, 2019

Hypnosis research for reducing anxiety and stress

The Daily on 2SER Radio Sydney

Sep 19, 2018

Tripping for depression

ABC Radio National - All In The Mind

Sep 16, 2018

Conspiracy theorists: Are they actually irrational?

Drive on 2SER Radio Sydney

Apr 10, 2018

Psychotechnologies: Consciousness Hacking Panel

Entheogenesis Australis 2017

Dec 9, 2017

Meditation meets neuroscience

ABC Radio National - All In The Mind

Apr 24, 2016

Are we always in control of our actions?

ABC Radio National

Oct 11, 2014

Recent Publications

(2020). Teleology and the Intentions of Supernatural Agents. Consciousness and Cognition, (80), pp. 102905, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2020.102905.

PDF Project

(2020). Music and Healing Rituals. From Mozart in the Office to Metallica at the Gym: The Psychology and Science of Music.


Recent & Upcoming Talks

Australian Psychedelic Research Panel

I’m facilitating a panel on Australian Psychedelic Research Panel as part of Entheogenesis Australias Garden States

Commission for The Human Future

Roundtable on Surviving and Prospering in The 21st Century