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Matthew X. Lowe

Dr. Lowe has published on a range of topics in psychedelics, cannabis, visual and auditory neuroscience, and experimental psychology. His earlier work at the University of Toronto and MIT focused on topics of cognitive neuroscience and experimental psychology, while his more recent work investigates health outcomes associated with psychoactive substances such as psilocybin, ayahuasca, and cannabis.


Jones, G., Lowe, M.X., Kettner, H., Jolly, D.R.P., Carhart-Harris, R.L., Sapeda, N., Jackson, H., and Garcia-Romeau, A. (in preparation). Examining differences in the effects and contexts of naturalistic psilocybin use for White participants vs. Participants of Color: Longitudinal Online Survey Study.

Mathai, D.S., Roberts, D.E., Nayak, S., Sepeda, N., Lehrner, A., Johnson, M.W., Lowe, M.X., Jackson, H., and Garcia-Romeu, A. (under review). Shame, guilt and psychedelic experience: Results from a prospective, longitudinal survey of real-world psilocybin use.

Nayak, S., White, S.H., Hilbert, S.N. Lowe, M.X., Jackson, H., Griffiths, R.R., and Garcia-Romeu, A. (in press). Psychedelic Experiences Increase Mind Perception but not Religious Affiliation: A Prospective Longitudinal Study. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs

Lowe, M.X., Kettner, H., Jolly, D.R.P., Carhart-Harris, R.L., and Jackson, H. (2024). Long-term benefits to psychological health and well-being after ceremonial use of Ayahuasca in Middle Eastern and North African immigrants and refugees. Frontiers in Psychiatry , 15, 1279887.

Nayak, S., Jackson, H., Sepeda, N., So, S., Yaffe, A., Mathai, David. S., So, S.,Yaffe, A., Zaki, H., Brasher, T., Lowe, M.X., Jolly, D.R.P., Barrett, F.S., Griffiths, R.R., Strickland, J.C., Johnson, M.W., Jackson, H., Garcia-Romeu, A. (2023). Naturalistic Psilocybin Use is Associated with Persisting Improvements in Mental Health and Well-being: Results from a Prospective, Longitudinal Survey. Frontiers in Psychiatry. PDF Link


Brett, B., Conroy, M., Doshi, H., Lowe, M.X., Kalcheff-Korn, S., and Jackson, H. (in press). An Observational Study of Adjunctive Artisanal Cannabidiol Use by Adults with Treatment Resistant Epilepsies: Behavioral and Urinalysis Data.. BMC Neurology

Auditory Cortex

Lowe, M.X., Mohsenzadeh, Y, Lahner, B., Charest, I., Oliva, A., and Teng, S. (2022). Cochlea to categories: The spatiotemporal dynamics of semantic auditory representations. Cognitive Neuropsychology. PDF Link

Lowe, M.X., Teng, S. Mohsenzadeh, Y. Charest, I. Pantazis, D. and Oliva, A. (2018). Temporal dynamics underlying sound discrimination in the human brain. Proceedings of the CCN. PDF Link

Visual Cortex

Lowe, M.X., Rajsic, J., Ferber, S., and Walther, D.B. (2018). Discriminating scene categories from brain activity within 100 milliseconds, Cortex, 106C, 275-287*
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Lowe, M.X., Rajsic, J., Gallivan, J.P., Ferber, S., and Cant, J.S. (2017). Neural representation of geometry and surface properties in object and scene perception. NeuroImage, 157, 586-597*
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Robin, J., Lowe, M.X., Pishdadian, S., Rivest, J., Cant, J.S., & Moscovitch, M. (2017). Selective scene perception deficits in a case of topographical disorientation. Cortex, 92, 70-80 PDF Link

Lowe, M.X., Gallivan, J.P., Ferber, S., and Cant, J.S. (2016). Feature diagnosticity and task context shape activity in human scene-selective cortex. NeuroImage, 125, 681-692*
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Experimental Psychology

Tharmaratnam, V., Patel, M., Lowe, M.X., and Cant, J.S.(2021). Shared cognitive mechanisms involved in the processing of scene texture and scene shape. Journal of vision , 21(7), 11-11. PDF Link

Assaf. H., Mzozoyana, M. Noesen, B., Lowe, M.X., and Cant, J.S. (2020). Artificially-generated scenes demonstrate the importance of global scene properties for scene perception. Neuropsychologia, 141, 107434 PDF Link

Lowe, M.X., Stevenson, R.A., Barense, M.D., Cant, J.S., and Ferber, S. (2018). Relating the perception of visual ensemble statistics to individual levels of autistic traits. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80, 1667-1674 PDF Link

Lowe, M.X., Stevenson, R.A., Wilson, K.E., Ouslis, N.E., Barense, M.D., Cant, J.S., and Ferber, S. (2016). Sensory processing patterns predict the integration of information held in visual working memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(2), 294-301 PDF Link

Wilson, K.E., Lowe, M.X., Ruppel, J., Pratt, J., and Ferber, S. (2016). The scope of no return: Openness predicts the spatial distribution of Inhibition of Return. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78, 209-217 >PDF Link

Lowe, M.X., Ferber, S., and Cant, J.S. (2015). Processing context: Asymmetric interference of visual form and texture in object and scene interactions. Vision Research, 117, 34-40*
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