Nov 2, 2017
After more than 20 years of laboratory basic research in cellular neurophysiology, mainly on invertebrate nervous systems, investigating such topics as: mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, biophysical mechanisms involved in learning and memory, neuromodulation of membrane ion channels and intracellular signaling messengers, Dr. Acosta entered the field of QEEG (quantitative electroencephalography) in 1996. Initially, he worked with QEEG to test photic and auditory driving responses to mind machines AVE). He then joined an NIH-funded project in alternative medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA. to study pulsed magnetotherapy treatment on neurologic patients suffering MS. While still there, a chance discovery lead him to pursue research with Energy Healers, at a time when he was initiated as a Reiki Master. Using an electrocrystal detector device he recorded electromagnetic signals emanating from Energy Healers during the state of “sending”, or “channeling” energy. He has measured brainwave changes during the state of energy healing in over 30 healers of diverse traditions, including Shamans. These EEG topographic brain maps, with the recent addition of HRV (heart rate variability) measurements, have been yielding rich data on the heart-brain exchange, charting new ground in the research interface of Science, Healing and Spirituality. Dr Juan has also been conducting pioneering EEG studies of entheogen-induced visionary states, including Salvia divinorum, Ayahuasca and natural sources of N,N-DMT and 5-MeO-DMT, as well as EEG of meditation states and neurotechnology devices.