24may19:3021:00Psilocybin- and LSD-induced states - How psychedelics can help us understand social cognition and self-experiencePublic Talk in the Academic Program of the MIND Academy| Language: English
Academic Program | MIND Foundation The Academic Program requires higher level training and advanced knowledge of technical terminology. Next to scientists and researchers these events may also address practitioners with a highly
Academic Program | MIND Foundation
The Academic Program requires higher level training and advanced knowledge of technical terminology. Next to scientists and researchers these events may also address practitioners with a highly evidence-based professional practice and education.
The Academic Program focusses on third person perspectives on consciousness and particularly the psychedelic experience (objective and intersubjective).
Psilocybin- and LSD-induced states – How psychedelics can help us understand social cognition and self-experience
Due to their unique effects on consciousness, psychedelics offer the opportunity to investigate the neuropharmacological mechanisms underlying alterations in perception and cognition important for increasing our understanding of psychiatric disorders. Furthermore, renewed interest in the potentially beneficial clinical effects of psychedelics warrants a better understanding of their underlying neuropharmacological mechanisms. However, major knowledge gaps remain regarding the neurobiology of psychedelics in humans.
In our studies we show that LSD modulates brain connectivity and subjective effects via agonistic activity on the serotonin 2A receptor in humans. Furthermore, we elucidate the neuropharmacology of self-relevance and meaning processing, as well as the intertwined relationship between self-processing and social cognition via the administration of LSD and psilocybin.
Our results thus attenuate major knowledge-gaps regarding the neurobiology and neuropharmacology of psychedelics. Furthermore, they increase our mechanistic understanding of meaning processing and social cognition and therefore offer important directions regarding the development of novel therapeutics.
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Speakers for this event
Katrin Preller studied Psychology at the University of Konstanz, Germany. She completed her PhD at the Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich focusing on electrophysiological and neurosocial consequences of cocaine use. She is currently involved in fMRI/EEG studies investigating the pharmacological and neural correlates of altered states of consciousness.