Lectures and seminars

Psilocybin's Effects on Perception, Psychedelic Experience and Neural Dynamics – Results of the Czech Study

2017-06-1517:00 to 19:00 Samuelssonsalen, Tomtebodavägen 6Campus Solna

The interest in therapeutic applications of psychedelic substances is increasing around the world, in line with promising data from small studies. But what do we really know about the effects of these substances on the brain? And how can it be that psychos-like states can have positive effects in the long term?

A picture of Tomas PalenicekTomas Palenicek, MD PhD, has spent the last 15 years researching MDMA, LSD, mescaline, 2C-B, ketamine and cannabis. Now he is the principal investigator of a brain imaging study at Prague Psychiatric Center, charting the effects of psilocybin on perception and brain dynamics. So far, 20 subjects have been administered psilocybin or placebo in a double-blind crossover design. In most subjects, psilocybin induced fully psychedelic effects measured with psychometric scales; altered visual perception, perception of time and music, as well as significant effects measured with EEG and fMRI. During the presentation, Tomas will summarize preliminary findings from the study as well as discuss possible mechanisms of action and ideas for further studies.

The lecture is free and no registration is required, but seats are limited. Participants are advised to arrive early to secure a seat. The lecture will be livestreamed via Facebook. 

Contact person: Alexander Lebedev