A good number of Americans have said they’ve felt a “transcendent experience.” Do different people’s experiences have common language to describe those moments? Some people feel “called” to their work — are there similarities across those moments, as well? And what are we discovering about how psychedelic drugs affect our mental and emotional state?

Dr. David B. Yaden, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Medicine, discusses the cautious but exciting advances of his field. He also encourages you to share your own transcendent experiences at https://www.varietiescorpus.com/.


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Dr. David B. Yaden is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Medicine who studies the subjective qualities, behavioral effects, and therapeutic potential of psychedelic substances.







Next week, on WEDNESDAY, April 21, at 2 PM EST, we will be speaking with Steven Pinker, PhD, author of multiple bestselling books on cognitive science and psycholinguistics, including Enlightenment Now, The Better Angels of Our Nature and Rationality (forthcoming). He is one of Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today” and  Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers”.