In the popular science blog io9, Robert T. Gonzales ties up findings from this week’s Beckley Foundation-Imperial College Psilocybin paper in the PNAS with Aldous Huxley’s ‘reducing valve’ hypothesis, initially presented in his 1954 book The Doors of Perception (http://mescaline.com/huxley.htm); also, to more recent theorising by Karl Friston of University College London (http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/~karl/), who postulates, in […]
scientific research and pioneering research on lsd
Since 1998, the Beckley Foundation has collaborated with leading international institutions to produce evidence-based research around LSD and neurological activity. As a personal friend of Albert Hoffman (the inventor of LSD), Beckley Foundation Director Amanda Feilding has always had a passion for scientific discovery involving LSD and has published numerous reports on the drug.
In 2013, the Beckley Foundation, in collaboration with Imperial College London, will become the first organisation ever to use modern brain-imaging technology (fMRI and MEG) during an LSD experience. Alongside the neuro-imaging, we shall measure the effects of the drug on perception and on the functions of self-reflection and auto-biographical memory recollection. We expect that this research will elucidate the mechanisms that underlie changing state of consciousness, highlighting new avenues for potential medical and therapeutic treatment.