Michael Silver

Research Expertise and Interest

cognitive neuroscience, pharmacology, psychedelics, learning, attention, visual perception, neuroimaging

Research Description

Michael Silver is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science and Neuroscience and the Director of the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics. The research goals of Michael Silver's laboratory are to better understand how the human brain constructs representations of the environment and how these representations are modified by cognitive processes such as attention, expectation, and learning. His team addresses these questions by applying a combination of behavioral, brain imaging, modeling, and pharmacological techniques to the study of healthy human participants as well as patients who suffer from diseases that affect visual perceptual processing.


In the News

UC Berkeley launches new center for psychedelic science and education

Fifty years after political and cultural winds slammed shut the doors on psychedelic research, UC Berkeley is making up for lost time by launching the campus’s first center for psychedelic science and public education. With $1.25 million in seed funding from an anonymous donor, the new UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics will conduct research using psychedelics to investigate cognition, perception and emotion and their biological bases in the human brain.
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