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Psychedelics and the science of self-experience

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Matthew M. Nour
Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London
Robin L. Carhart-Harris
Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology, Division of Brain Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK
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Altered self-experiences arise in certain psychiatric conditions, and may be induced by psychoactive drugs and spiritual/religious practices. Recently, a neuroscience of self-experience has begun to crystallise, drawing upon findings from functional neuroimaging and altered states of consciousness occasioned by psychedelic drugs. This advance may be of great importance for psychiatry.

Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2017 


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