Edition 9

‘Occasionally follow a hunch…’

Sue Blackmore gives a personal account of how hallucinogens have influenced her career; and we pass on some advice for first-year undergraduates as they begin their journey in psychology

Moheb Costandi considers attempts to use hallucinogenic drugs to treat alcoholism and mental disorder

…plus The Valley of Astonishment; Boyhood; Utopia; and more reviews

our President welcomes new students; introducing ‘altmetrics’; President’s Award; meet the Psychologist and Digest team; and more

Dirk Hanson takes a trip from Lewis Carroll to the modern day, via Huxley, Burroughs and others

Henry David Abraham describes his investigations into hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD), along with firsthand accounts

The nature of hallucinations has puzzled and fascinated us since the dawn of human consciousness. Where they come from, what they mean, and what they portend are questions that the psychological...

Vaughan Bell considers what we can learn from how other societies approach hallucinogenic drugs

Drug-induced hallucinations are often discussed as if they can be entirely understood in terms of their chemical action in the brain. But the social role of hallucinogens varies greatly between...

Robin Carhart-Harris, Mendel Kaelen and David Nutt consider a big question on several levels

What do we know about how hallucinogens work on the brain to produce their characteristic subjective effects? This question can be approached from a number of different levels. At the lowest...

David Nutt introduces a special issue considering the use of hallucinogens in research and therapy

The psychedelic state is unquestionably one of the most interesting psychological experiences humans can have. Hallucinogenic drugs that have been used by humans for as long as we can determine to...