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Neural Mechanisms of Psilocybin-Induced Altered States of Consciousness

Psilocybin is quickly becoming a promising treatment for mental illness and is being studied widely due to its profound consciousness-altering properties. We want to better understand (1) how the consciousness-altering properties of psilocybin affect the brain and, (2) how contextual factors, such as mindset and environmental setting can impact the psilocybin experience.

What's involved?

We are recruiting healthy adults ages between 18-55 years who are residing in Victoria, Australia. Eligible adults will be asked to attend our research facilities in Clayton on two occasions to undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Electroencephalography (EEG).

On the second visit, you will be administered a moderate dose of psilocybin before undergoing the MRI and EEG. Throughout the study, you will also be asked to complete an interview and online questionnaires, where you will be asked about your health and wellbeing. All participants will also be asked to attend one or more sessions designed to prepare participants for the psilocybin experience in a research setting.

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Our researchers are looking for people to test a new app called 'SWIPE' that aims to help people reduce their alcohol cravings and consumption.

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Do you study or work in hospitality?

Help researchers and animators with confidential surveys and interviews with hospitality drinking cultures

Researchers and animators at Monash University and Chisholm Institute are seeking people who are enrolled in a hospitality course and/or have experience working in hospitality in Victoria.

There is a 20-minute online anonymous survey, where you could win one of 50 $40 gift vouchers.

A limited number of eligible survey participants will be invited to take part in a confidential interview, for which you will be reimbursed with a $40 gift voucher.

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Contact Details

To participate and for more information read the documents below and contact Peta on or 0438 870 358.

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The Research Area

A significant barrier to furthering borderline personality disorder (BPD) and substance use disorder (SUD) research is the different personality structure and symptom presentations amongst people with these disorders. Our research is focussed on understanding how these differences influences the way people with BPD and/or SUD interpret social signals, make social decisions, and interact with others. We think understanding this difference is extremely important because more significant difficulties in social processing have been linked to more severe psychosocial impairments. 

Our research will look at whether there are subgroups of people with BPD and/or SUD based on their personality trait profiles, and whether these subgroups display differences in neuroscience-informed social processing systems. We will then look at whether these differences are relevant to therapeutic outcomes and real-life social functioning. Our sincere hope is that our research may aid the understanding and treatment of patients with BPD and SUD.

Seeking Male Participants for our Online Study

We are currently seeking male participants with BPD and/or SUD to participate in our study, which consists of three parts that can all be completed in the safety of the participants’ home:

  1. An online survey that can be completed at any time or place that is convenient. This survey contains a battery of social cognition tasks and some questionnaires and takes between 60 – 90 minutes to complete.
  2. A clinical assessment that can be completed remotely via Zoom. This assessment will consist of a clinical interview and some more questionnaires that directly assess real-life social functioning and will take about 45 minutes.
  3. A quick 10-minute online survey that we’ll send to participants 3 months after their clinical assessment. This will include the questionnaires that assess social functioning, so we can look at the stability of this social functioning over time.

As an appreciation of their time, participants will be reimbursed with a total of $60 in Coles gift cards, including a $50 gift card following the clinical assessment, and a $10 gift card following the longitudinal assessment.

Contact Details

To participate and for more information please contact Lauren at