Michael Silver is a professor in the School of Optometry and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. Research in the Silver laboratory is focused on the brain mechanisms of visual perception, attention, and learning. His team seeks to better understand how the brain actively constructs representations of the visual environment, using a combination of perceptual, brain imaging, computational modeling, and pharmacological techniques. Although Michael has been conducting pharmacological studies in humans for 15 years, the initial studies as part of the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics (BCSP) will be the first in his lab to involve psychedelic compounds. Following decades of suppression of research on the effects of psychedelic drugs in human subjects, he is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the renaissance of psychedelic research and to conduct experiments that shine light on the mysteries of the mind and brain. Michael will direct the BCSP.