Rael Cahn is Assistant Clinical Professor with the USC Department of Psychiatry and conducting research at the USC Brain and Creativity Institute. He has been conducting neuroscience research on the effects of meditation and altered states of consciousness since 2001 and has published numerous basic neuroscience investigations of meditative and psychedelic-related states and traits of consciousness.
Dr. Cahn currently investigates the neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying both advanced states of non-dual awareness and inner experiences of narrative thought-free awareness in long term meditators as well as the clinical benefits of meditative practices relative to depression, anxiety and addiction. In addition, he is currently running a study assessing the epigenetics underlying the clinical efficacy of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD in collaboration with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. He has an interest in expanding clinical and neuroscientific research on the ways to transform self-experience in the service of psychological health and well-being for individuals and society, including the use of psychedelic medicines in tandem with contemplative practice to assess the synergistic and potentiating benefits of these two transformative technologies.