Alexander Y. Kaplan received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in neurophysiology and psychophysiology from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Moscow, Russia. In 1987, he established the Human Brain Research Group (HBRG) at Lomonosov Moscow State University for developing psychophysiological and computational methods for advanced analysis of brain states by means mostly of the EEG signal and carried out studies in the field of operator’s functional state estimation, analysis of drug effects and diagnosis of mental disorders. In 2004, he started research in the field of brain-machine communication. In 2011, he established the laboratory for Neurophysiology and Neuro-Computer Interfaces at the same University. He also was a visiting professor at RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan, and at a number of technological and medical universities in India, South Korea, Germany and the USA. He has authored more than 100 refereed journal papers and holds 8 granted patents. His current research interests include non-invasive brain-computer interfaces based on multi-signal (EEG, EMG, eye tracking etc.) integration for human-machine communication and virtual reality for after stroke rehabilitation and also as well as the stages of imagination and dissolutions in lay people and Tibetan monks during tantric meditations. For the last few years Alexander has carried out the field study of long-term meditation practitioners in Tibetan monasteries. He is a member of several societies, including International of Psychophysiology, Society of Applied Neuroscience, and Society for Psychophysiological Research. Alexander is a recipient of the Russian Federation Government Prize in Science and Technology in 2002 and Lomonosov Prize in 2020 - the highest award of MSU.
PhD, Neurophysiology, Lomonosov Moscow State University
D,Sc, Psychophysiology, Lomonosov Moscow State University
A global community of field researchers are collaborating on a study of an ancient monastic post-mortem meditative state known as tukdam, practiced by present-day expert Tibetan Buddhists and how such a practice might offer insight into mental, spiritual, and physical well-being during the death process, both for the dying and for their support community.