Exploring the Interaction of Psilocybin and Meditation
Frederick Barrett, Ph.D.
Descriptions of meditation experiences can bear striking similarity to descriptions of some experiences with classic psychedelics, including psilocybin. Experimental reports of the acute effects of psilocybin on the brain bear striking similarity to experimental reports of the effects of a long-term meditation practice on the brain. This talk will present recent and preliminary findings from a study administering psilocybin to individuals with a long-term meditation practice. Acute as well as enduring effects of psilocybin on sitting meditation practice, non-sitting awareness practice, and brain activity will be discussed.
Frederick Barrett, Ph.D., is a cognitive neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Barrett earned his PhD at the University of California, Davis, working at the Center for Mind and Brain with Dr. Petr Janata on studies of the neuroscience of music, after which he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology working with Dr. Roland Griffiths at the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Barrett uses music and pharmacological interventions (including administration of psychedelics) along with brain imaging to investigate the biological basis of altered states of consciousness and emotional experience.