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Michiel van Elk in various media about psychedelics

Scientists are split over whether the benefits some microdosers experience are a placebo effect or something more. Michiel van Elk has been interviewed by several international news to talk about his research and to discuss the effects of psychedelics.

Michiel van Elk is a Dutch cognitive neuroscientist who focusses his research on the effects psychedelics and the psychology of religion. He is interested in the altered states of consciousness (ASCs), as induced through meditation, sensory deprivation, psychedelics and other means.

Technology Networks

The scientific journal Biological Psychiatry has published a clinical study of the University of Basel and the clinic of Peter Gasser that investigated the effecicacy of LSD-assisted psychotherapie for the treatment of anxiety. Participants given LSD showed greater reductions in their self-reported anxiety than those given a placebo. However, the data on which the results are based is somewhat complicated. In an interview with Technology Networks, Van Elk comments on the research design and gives a possible explanation for the mixed data results. LSD for Anxiety: A Deep Dive Into a New Clinical Trial (October 7, 2022).

Lonely Planet

New York Times/ BDNews24.com

More people are microdosing for mental health. But does it work? This New York Times article discusses the efficacy of taking tiny amounts of hallucinogenic drugs for mental health improvement. Various microdoser share their experience with psychedelics and several scientists, including Michiel van Elk, tell us more about the efficacy of microdosing and the effects psychedelics have on the brain (February 28, 2022).


'The awarded grant not only increases the credibility of psychedelic research, it also lays the groundwork for the psychedelic field to flourish in years to come.'
Professor Michiel van Elk Awarded More Than $970,000 Grant to Study Psychedelics (December 15, 2020)

For more appearances by Michiel van Elk in Dutch media about his research on Psychedelics: 'Michiel van Elk in de media over psychedelica'

Van Elk won the Vidi-grant for his research on the effects of psychedelics. 'It's the first time in history that the Dutch government has made public resources available for this kind of research', says the neuroscientist. The reason? 'Because it creates opportunities. The current means against depression and anxiety-disorders are only mildly effective.' 

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