Mr Gabriel Axel Montes

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Career Summary


Gabriel Axel is a PhD Candidate at the University of Newcastle & Hunter Medical Research Institute. Gabriel's PhD research work focuses on (1) predictive coding models of agency in stroke patients with upper limb motor deficits and (2) how these might be modulated by mind-body practices. Gabriel broader interests are in consciousness, agency, metacognition, complexity, and mind-body practices that manipulate conscious experience. Gabriel has a strong background in mind-body practices, being an experienced and active international instructor and avid student of various yogic and contemplative techniques from diverse systems and traditions.

Gabriel holds a Bachelor Degree in Neurobiology from the University of Florida and Master's of Science degree in Neuroscience & Cognition from Utrecht University (the Netherlands). His previous research experience includes functional models and genetics of schizophrenia, transcriptomics and neuronal cell culture models of language and autism, and the evolutionary neurobiology of perceiving visual art.


  • agency
  • consciousness
  • interoception
  • metacognition
  • mindfulness
  • yoga

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
170299 Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified 40
110317 Physiotherapy 10
110999 Neurosciences not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
8/09/2015 - 16/10/2015 Visiting researcher Aarhus University
Interacting Minds Centre
25/08/2015 - 3/09/2015 Research Fellow Mind & Life Europe
Summer Research Institute
11/01/2010 - 5/09/2010 Visiting researcher University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Neurology
United States
20/12/2009 - 20/12/2010 Visiting researcher Utrecht University
Brain Center Rudolf Magnus

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
15/04/2014 -  Editor Proceedings of the Yoga & Psyche Conference
United States
1/02/2011 -  Founder Neural Axis
United States


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Axel G, 'Introduction', Proceedings of the Yoga & Psyche Conference (2014), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 1-6 (2015) [B2]

Mr Gabriel Axel Montes

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