Bursting the Psychedelic Hype Bubble

Monday, April 4, 2022, 18:15 - 19:45, University of Zurich, KOL-F-118

David B. Yaden PhD
Assistant Professor, Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The popular portrayal of psychedelic science has created a hype bubble… and it’s about to pop. In this talk, I will predict how the hype bubble will burst – and argue that might be just what the field needs. As long as it doesn’t result in another era of prohibition against psychedelic research, this bursting could allow researchers to better communicate the more nuanced scientific evidence on psychedelics. Looking ahead, we can all help burst the hype bubble by deflating hype-y statements when we spot them in the wild across several domains (clinical, social, and philosophical).

David B. Yaden PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the author of a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press, The Varieties of Spiritual Experience: 21st Century Research and Perspectives.