The Brain on Drugs
Event schedule details
Sunday 18 June
Event location details
Ondaatje Lecture Theatre
Royal Geographical Society
Professor David Nutt explores the history of mind-altering drugs in science and society.
In the 1790s the great chemist Humphrey Davy discovered the wonderous, mind-altering potential of nitrous oxide – describing its ability to invoke ‘heightened imagination’. What Davy was experiencing and how useful it could be are still important scientific questions today, bringing together those investigating the neuroscience of consciousness, creative thinking and enhanced mental state, with those mapping the effects various drugs have on the brain.
From Davy’s initial laughing gas lab notes, Professor David Nutt, Director of Imperial’s Neuropsychopharmacology Unit will take you on a 250 year tour of scientific enquiry into the origins of cognitive performance and creativity, and how they could be chemically improved or enhanced.
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