Mental Health and Microdosing: The re-emergence of research on psychedelic drugs

Join fellow U of T alumni and friends for a lecture about the latest research on the benefits and harms of psychedelic drugs and their re-emergence into popular culture

  • 6:30 p.m. Refreshments
  • 7:00 p.m. Presentation
  • Q & A to follow

Thursday, November 7, 2019
William G. Davis Building, Room 3140, UTM Room
University of Toronto Mississauga (MAP)

6:30 p.m.  8:30 p.m.

Complimentary parking available in lots P8 and P4 for the duration of the event.

Presented by

Norman Farb

Dr. Norman Farb (MA 2006, UofT: PhD 2011, UofT)
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Toronto Mississauga
Principal Investigator, Regulatory and Affective Dynamics (RAD) Lab

Psychedelic drugs such as magic mushrooms and LSD have a checkered history. Historically venerated as sacred substances, psychedelics were explored as agents of mind control before empowering the hippie movement of the 1960s and later classified as illegal substances for fear of destabilizing effects. More than 30 years later, a combination of dissatisfaction with conventional mental health care, pioneering scientific investigation, and a potentially lucrative therapeutic market have created a perfect storm for a renaissance in psychedelics research. Public universities stand at the crossroads of these intersecting interests and have the potential to avoid past missteps to provide an objective analysis of the benefits and harms posed by the re-emergence of psychedelics into popular culture. 

Norman Farb, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where he directs the Regulatory and Affective Dynamics laboratory ( He studies the social neuroscience of the self and human emotion, with a focus on how biases in self-representation shape emotions to determine well-being. Professor Farb has led several influential studies on the mechanisms of mindfulness training and depression vulnerability; his current work focuses on whether brief daily practices can support resilience and personal growth.

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