Georgetown University Medical Center CAM Program students Brennan Carrithers, Lindsey Wagner and Katherine Au presented a poster of their work, Transcranial Electrical Stimulation - A New Entheogen? Trajectories and Neuroethical Questions, at the annual meeting of the International Neuroethics Society in Chicago, IL on October 16th, 2015.
Their work, supervised and mentored by Dr. James Giordano, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, addressed the ways the trancranial direct and/or alternating current stimulation might be engaged to elicit spiritual experiences; how such applications and effects of neurotechnologically-evoked spiritual experiences might be employed, and the neuroethical and social implications, issues and questions generated by such use and outcomes.
The poster was refereed into the Top 25 posters of the conference, and an abstract of their work will be published in a forthcoming issue of the American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience. As well, Carrithers, Au and Wagner are working with Prof. Giordano to complete a manuscript addressing this topic that will be submitted to the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.