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Frederick Streeter Barrett, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests: Neuropsychopharmacology; emotion; hallucinogens; serotonin; music; fMRI; PET


Dr. Barrett is a cognitive neuroscientist with training in behavioral pharmacology. He uses music and pharmacological interventions, along with behavioral measures, computerized testing, and brain imaging techniques, to explore the neural basis of various types of emotional functioning. His current research focuses on the acute and long-term effects of hallucinogens on cognition, emotion, and brain function. more


  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



  • B.Mus, Temple University (Pennsylvania) (2004)
  • Ph.D., University of California (Davis) (California) (2013)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Barrett FS, Johnson MW & Griffiths RR (2015). Validation of the Revised Mystical Experience Questionnaire in Experimental Sessions with Psilocybin. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 29(11):1182-90

Barrett FS, Robins RW & Janata P (2013). A Brief Form of the Affective Neuroscience Personality Scales. Psychological Assessment. 25(3):826-843.

McPherson MJ, Barrett FS, Lopez-Gonzales M, Jiradejvong P & Limb CJ (2016). Emotional intent modulates the neural substrates of creativity: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study of musical improvisation. Scientific Reports, 4(6):18460

Kaelen M, Barrett FS, Roseman L, Lorenz R, Family N, Bolstridge M, Curran V, Feilding A, Nutt DJ, & Carhart-Harris RJ (2015). LSD enhances the emotional response to music. Psychopharmacology, 232(19):3607-14

Activities & Honors


  • Society for Neuroscience, 2012
  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence, 2014
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