Virtual Psychedelics: How VR Affects Your Brain

Mar 14, 2017

11:00am – 12:00pm CT

Virtual reality is often proclaimed to be the future of entertainment. But what if VR can make you a more self-actualized person as well?

VR experiences, which place you in the perspective of someone else and transport you to places you otherwise might never visit, may produce a similar phenomenon to psychedelics in the brain. For those of us who live our lives consumed with the dull everyday tasks of commuting, working and sleeping, VR can be an easy way to escape ourselves without the emotional or legal risks.

VR experts will discuss how specially designed immersive content allows viewers to have out-of-body experiences, expanding consciousness, tolerance and understanding in society.

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Ian Forester

VR Playhouse

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Sook-Lei Liew

University of Southern California

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Taryn Southern

Happy Cat Media & Tribe of Good

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Khayyam Wakil

Live Planet

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