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Brain Chemistry: How Psychoactive Chemicals Hack the Central Nervous System

Sunday, July 15, 2012: 12:00 pm (Sassaman): People have been using chemistry to hack their bodies and their brains since antiquity. In the past several decades, we have come to understand much more about the processes involved. How is it that certain molecules cause profound alterations in perception? How do they alleviate physical and psychological pain? How do they get people high? Why are some drugs psychoactive and not others? Why are some toxic? This presentation explores the answers to these questions and more.

Hosted by Jennifer Ortiz