TNC Virtual Talks

The next talk in the TNC Virtual Lecture Series will take place on Thursday, March 18, at 10:00am.

Speaker: Olivia Carter
Professor at the University of Melbourne, Perception & Pharmacology Lab
Title: The pharmacology of consciousness
Host: Shervin Safavi, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

My research uses a range of methods to better understand how the brain’s natural chemicals control complex behaviours, thoughts and perceptions. I also have a particular fascination about the factors that determine the contents of an individual’s conscious experience. In this talk I will present work that sits at the intersection of these two research areas looking at the role of different neurotransmitter systems in driving changes in conscious state. Specifically, I will discuss a series of studies using ambiguous stimuli to explore the neuropharmacological processes that underly alternations in perceptual awareness. By comparing different methods and neurotransmitter systems including: serotonin (psychedelics), noradrenaline (pupillometry) and Glutamate/GABA (Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy MRS) we can start to tease apart the distinct role that different neurotransmitter systems play in coordinating conscious experience across time.

If you want to attend the zoom meeting, send an email to and you will get the login details.

Or watch the livestream on youtube, TuebingenNeuroCampus Channel.