Get our lovely INSIGHT 2019 conference news


Email address
First Name
Last Name
Interested in InSight 2019
Cart
<We_can_help/>

What are you looking for?

<Good_things_happen/> Welcome to Conference

Mapping out the Subjective Effects of Psychoactive Drugs Using Natural Language Processing

Oral Presentation

It is notoriously difficult to study the effects of psychoactive drugs in the laboratory. Existing studies can be limited by relatively small sample sizes, and many drugs have not yet been investigated with human subjects. By contrast, descriptions of drug effects abound online. In fact, the subjective effects of almost every psychoactive drug in existence have been documented by countless users through natural language reports freely accessible on the internet. Until recently, it was difficult to gain significant insights from these anecdotal reports. However, the rapid progress of Natural Language Processing (NLP) in computer science has introduced revolutionary techniques to analyze large collections of texts systematically.

In this talk, I will present the preliminary results of a new study investigating a corpus of close to 30,000 natural language reports of drug-induced states using NLP with machine learning. I will show that this approach yields new insights into the subjective effects of a very large number of psychoactive drugs, including many drugs that have never been studied in the lab (such as so-called novel psychoactive substances). In particular, it allows for systematic comparisons between the subjective effects of any drug, as well as the systematic classification of subjective effects into distinct categories. I will suggest that these results can inform future research in psychopharmacology, neuroscience and philosophy of mind, and may have further implications for harm reduction and public policy.

Speaker

Date

September 7th 2019

Time

16:15-16:45

Location

Room: Rudolf Virchow
tickets
Raphaël Millière
Dr.

Raphaël Millière

University of Oxford, PhD candidate in philosophy more about the speaker

Related Events

Dismantling and Reconfiguring the Narrative Self: An exploratory qualitative study of psychedelic-induced identity transformations

The transformative potential of psychedelic substances may lie in their ability to disintegrate highly organized activity within the cortical networks underpinning self-related cognitive processes. By altering the processes through which the self is experienced and contemplated, these substances have the potential to catalyze lasting change to the narrative self (identity) and developmental trajectories. The present qualitative study explores first-person retrospective accounts of acute and lasting psychedelic-induced changes to the narrative self and the effects of those changes. Inductive thematic coding […]

more details

Dimethyltryptamine: Endogenous Role and Therapeutic Potential

N, N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is an indole alkaloid produced by a number of plants and animals, including humans. Its psychoactive effects were first described in 1956 by Stephen Szára, but have been exploited for centuries by South American indigenous populations in the form of ayahuasca. In the present review, we assess the state of the art regarding a putative role for endogenous DMT and potential clinical applications of ayahuasca and DMT. A review assessing the pharmacological profile of DMT and its […]

more details

The impact of psychedelic drugs on memory processing

Memory plays an essential role in the human experience – it is a fundamental adaptive feature that allows us to carry out daily activities and plan for the future, based on previously acquired information. It has been argued that episodic memory, a component of autobiographical memory, lies at the core of subjectivity, and is a requirement for self-awareness. Psychedelic drugs have recently received a boost in interest and scientific exploration. The two key features of these drugs are their affinity […]

more details

Conference tickets

With your ticket you will have access to the whole conference - with keynotes, panels, round tables, posters and daylight social events. We will ask for a small extra fee for the Friday evening social program. The pre-conference workshops have to be booked separately and each workshop needs an individual ticket. By clicking on "Book now" below you also have the option to buy your workshop tickets.

*Reduced fees apply to students, cooperation partners as well as unemployed and retired individuals who have a monthly net income below 840,- €. Proof of status will be required.

THE CONFERENCE IS SOLD OUT! Subscribe to our newsletter to become an early bird for 2021!
https://mind-foundation.org/

Catering service

 

With this ticket you can use the catering service all inclusive for three days. The service includes coffee, water, tea and fruit.

Regular

after 14 April 2019

  • Standard €250
  • Reduced €150*
  • MIND members Standard €180
  • MIND members Reduced €90

Philanthropist

 

  • Donate €600 or more
  • Invite a friend/colleague to be your VIP guest at the event

Get our lovely INSIGHT 2019 conference news


Email address
First Name
Last Name