Selected Publications


DE Presti (2016) Altered states of consciousness: Drug-induced states. The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness (2nd edition) (edited by S Schneider & M Velmans). Chichester, UK: John Wiley.


DE Presti (2016) Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience: A Brain-Mind Odyssey.  New York, NY: W.W. Norton.

Articles, Essays, and Chapters:

EF Kelly & DE Presti (2015) A psychobiological perspective on "transmission" models.  Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality (edited by EF Kelly, A Crabtree, & P Marshall), pp 115-155.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

DE Presti (2014) Too big for a Nobel Prize: Remembering Sasha Shulgin. MAPS Bulletin, 24(3), 46-49.

DE Presti (2012) Essay in Beyond the Robe: Science for Monks and All It Reveals about Tibetan Monks and Nuns, by Bobby Sager, pp 235-237. Brooklyn, NY: powerHouse Books.

DE Presti & K Panik (2012) The science of antidepressants. Inquiring Mind, 29(1), 16-17.

JR Coyle, DE Presti, & MJ Baggott (2012) Quantitative analysis of narrative reports of psychedelic drugs.  arXiv:1206.0312 [q-bio.QM]

DE Presti (2012) The mind-body problem. Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd edition. Amsterdam, NL: Elsevier Press.

DE Presti (2012) Drugs, the brain, and behavior. Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd edition. Amsterdam, NL: Elsevier Press.

DE Presti (2011) Neurochemistry and altered consciousness. Altering Consciousness: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (edited by E Cardena & M Winkelman), vol 2, chap 2, pp 20-41. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press.

DE Presti (2010) The innkeeper's work. An Actual Man: Michael Murphy and the Human Potential Movement (edited by J Ogilvy). Berkeley, CA: Minuteman Press.

OL Carter, DE Presti, et al. (2005) Meditation alters perceptual rivalry in Tibetan Buddhist monks. Current Biology, 15, R412-R413.

MS Jacob & DE Presti (2005) Endogenous psychoactive tryptamines reconsidered: an anxiolytic role for dimethyltryptamine. Medical Hypothesis, 64, 930-937.

DE Presti & DE Nichols (2004) Biochemistry and neuropharmacology of psilocybin mushrooms. Teonanacatl: Sacred Mushrooms of Visions (edited by R Metzner), pp 89-108. Sonoma, CA: Green Earth Foundation.

DE Presti (2002) Psychoactive drugs. Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 1st edition. Amsterdam, NL: Elsevier Press.

DE Presti & JE Beck (2001) Strychnine and other enduring myths: expert and user folklore surrounding LSD. Psychoactive Sacramentals: the Vallombrosa Conference (edited by TB Roberts), pp 125-137. San Francisco, CA: Council on Spiritual Practices.  {Reprinted: as "Myths and misperceptions" in The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys, by J Fadiman, pp 90-102. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press. (2011); and in Spiritual  Growth with Entheogens: Psychoactive Sacramentals and Human Transformation, edited by TB Roberts, pp 144-160. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press. (2012).}

JM Barrie & DE Presti (2000) Digital plagiarism: The web giveth and the web shall taketh. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2(1), e6.

JM Barrie & DE Presti (1996) The worldwide web as an instructional tool. Science, 274, 371-372.


UC Berkeley Blog:

Shake It Up, UC Berkeley Graduates! (June 2014)

Hail and farewell to a legendary Cal grad (June 2014)

The Nobel Prize that wasn't (June 2012)

This is your brain on fossil fuel (November 2011)

Legend of a mind: the archives of Timothy Leary (June 2011)