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Psychedelics: mechanisms of action and therapeutic potential

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Psychedelic compounds such as psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and DMT (ayahuasca) have been used for hundreds of years by certain cultures and are not being re-investgiated for the therapeutic potential. This talk will address the basic pharmacology of psychedelics, their systems-level effects as seen through the lens of human neuroimaging as well as their behavioural effects. A model is presented on how psychedelics alter brain function to alter mental function and behaviour and relevant insights are translated to the clinical level to describe how psychedelics can be used therapeutically to treat a range of different psychiatric disorders.

This talk is part of the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Seminars series.

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