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U. Michigan to Host ‘Psychedelic Neuroscience’ Symposium

U. Michigan to Host ‘Psychedelic Neuroscience’ Symposium

“organized by the University of Michigan Center for Conscious Science”

It’s a shame Timothy Leary is no longer with us. He would surely approve of this.

The College Fix reports:

Public university to host ‘psychedelic neuroscience’ symposium

Scientists at the University of Michigan this fall will explore “psychedelics,” or mind-altering drugs, during a daylong symposium, as part of an effort to “study the effects and potential medical uses of various psychoactive substances.”

The event, titled the “Psychedelic Neuroscience Symposium,” will take place on the university’s campus in September, MLive reports. It was “organized by the University of Michigan Center for Conscious Science.” Officials there “encourage neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, psychologists and clinicians to attend.”

Psychedelic drugs are those that significantly alter consciousness, leading to audio-visual experiences and altered consciousness. Substances such as psilocybin mushrooms and LSD fall under the rubric of psychedelics.

From the report:

Psychedelics have been studied, especially in the last five years, in relation to neuroscience and as a tool to explore consciousness, said George Mashour, anesthesiologist, neuroscientist and founding director of the Center for Consciousness Science, one of 11 speakers scheduled to address the symposium.

“These drugs are interesting to people for a lot of reasons,” Mashour said. “We are focused on the rigorous investigation of these drugs, what’s going on in science and in the world right now in terms of these drugs. This is really about responsible, legitimate cutting edge neuroscience, and emerging trends.”


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healthguyfsu | August 3, 2019 at 1:25 pm

This is actually a reasonable exploration. The title is just designed to be catchy and attract media attention (mission accomplished I guess).

There are all kinds of useful elements to these kinds of research lines including the biology of addiction and further understanding of the most elusive organ to understand in our bodies.