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CEP Altered States of Consciousness Workshop II: Drug States

Saturday 21st June 2014

Welcome to the Altered States of Consciousness Series. Through several themed events we will explore different aspects of altered states of consciousness. Altered states of consciousness differ from normal states of consciousness in perceptual, affective and functional terms. The temporal and spatial framing of experience can be altered, as can the particular contents, sometimes with therapeutic, sometimes with delusional effect.

This second event in the series is on drug states. Through three themed presentations this event will explore the use of drugs in medicine, the psychological experience of anaesthetics, and unusual psychological phenomena caused by psychedelic exposure. Dr Ben Sessa (Cardiff University) starts the day covering the history of psychedelic drugs in medicine, outlining their development from the mescaline studies of the late nineteen century right up to the very latest neuroimaging studies with psilocybin and MDMA in 2013. This is followed by Professor Michael Wang (Leeds University) presenting research findings on the psychological consequences of awareness under anaesthetic, levels of conscious awareness both under sedation and in post-operative conscious recall, with some startling statistics on intra-operative awareness. The final speaker is Dr David Luke (University of Greenwich) who will talk about psychedelic consciousness, focusing specifically on altered states of consciousness through using psychedelics leading to anomalous and exceptional experiences.

If you are not already a CEP Member, we strongly recommend joining the CEP Section (you must first be a BPS Member, Affiliate or Subscriber; some options are open to non-psychologists). CEP membership currently costs just £10 per annum (£5 for BPS Student Members) and will allow you to benefit from substantial discounts when attending CEP events. Details of how to join the BPS are available here and how to join the CEP are available here

If you have any registration queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224505.

For any event queries please contact Natalie Gough, ASC Series Organiser
Email: bscplv.oup_e@iec.k


Saturday 21st June 2014

09:30Ben Sessa - The history of psychedelic drug therapy
11:15Michael Wang - Experiences of anaesthesia and surgery: awareness under anaesthetic
14:00David Luke - Psychedelic consciousness: exceptional and transpersonal experiences
15:45Panel Q&A


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