Dr David Yaden is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Medicine working in The Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. His research focus is on the psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and psychopharmacology of spiritual, self-transcendent, and positively transformative experiences triggered with psychedelic substances and through other means. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how these experiences can result in long-term changes to well-being and how they temporarily alter fundamental faculties of consciousness such as the sense of time, space, and self. His scientific work has been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and NPR.
Frank White is a space philosopher who has authored numerous books on topics ranging from space exploration, climate change, and artificial intelligence. His best-known work, “The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution” is considered by many to be a seminal work in the field of space exploration, and the fourth edition was published earlier this year. A film called “Overview” based largely on his work has had nearly 8 million plays on Vimeo.
Dr Annahita Nezami is a counselling psychologist providing psychological consultation, assessment and therapy to organisations, individuals, and couples. Her areas of interest include space psychology, higher states of consciousness, wellbeing, performance, neuropsychology and trauma. She is also the founder of VR Overview Effect; the first tech-based multi-sensory company that designs and researches treatments based on the self-transcendent experience of the Overview Effect.
In this ‘Meeting of the Minds’ session, we explore the transformative potential of “The Overview Effect” and Self Transcendent experiences – both for individuals and society at large. You’ll learn about the effects these experiences have on those who undergo them, including astronauts who view the earth from space for the first time, and people experimenting with psychedelics. Specifically, we discuss the therapeutic potential of self-transcendent experiences, what might be happening in the brain while we are having them, and how modern technology (including Virtual Reality) may enable us to enjoy the benefits of self-transcendence, without having to leave the Earth.