Ido Hartogsohn studies drugs, media and technology from historical, sociological and other theoretical perspectives. Hartogsohn's work engages the many ways drugs and technology function as media (environment) that shapes human states of consciousness. It fuses insights from the fields of STS, media studies, drug studies and critical theory in an attempt to arrive at fruitful, actionable insights for human flourishing at a hyper-mediated era.
Hartogsohn writes a popular (Hebrew) blog about technology and mysticism, and has published extensively in various Israeli and International newspapers and magazines such as Haaretz, Maariv, Ynet and Odyssey. He writes a column about the contemporary psychedelic resurgence for leading Israeli newspaper Haaretz. He has also made multiple appearances in Israeli and international media, speaking on issues of drug research and policy. Hartogsohn’s book Technomystica: Consciousness in a Technological Age (Hebrew, 2009) was the first Hebrew book to study the subject of psychedelics, examining psychedelics within a broader framework, exploring the effects of technologies on the mind. Hartogsohn's American Trip: Set, Setting and the Psychedelic Experience in the Twentieth Century (MIT Press, 2020) received critical acclaim for broadening our understanding of the role of sociocultural context in psychedelic research and culture. It portrays the ways in which the sociocultural landscape of mid-twentieth-century America shaped the psychedelic research and culture of the era, and producing what came to be known as “the psychedelic experience.”
In the context of Graduate Program in Science Technology and Society, Hartogsohn teaches courses on such topics as the relationship between media and mind; techno-optimistic and techno-pessimistic approaches to technology; interdisciplinary perspectives on psychedelics; Internet history, sociology and political economy; and STS readings.
Hartogsohn, Ido, and Amir Vudka. “Technology and Addiction: What Drugs Can Teach Us about Digital Media.” Transcultural Psychiatry, Forthcoming (2022).
Hartogsohn, Ido. “Set and Setting in the Santo Daime.” Frontiers in Pharmacology 12 (2021). https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fphar.2021.651037.
Hartogsohn, Ido. “Virtual Daime: When Psychedelic Ritual Migrates Online.” Frontiers in Psychology 13 (2022). https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.819994.
Hartogsohn, Ido. American Trip: Set, Setting, and the Psychedelic Experience in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2020.
Hartogsohn, Ido. “The Meaning-Enhancing Properties of Psychedelics and Their Mediator Role in Psychedelic Therapy, Spirituality, and Creativity.” Frontiers in Neuroscience 12 (2018): 1–5.
Hartogsohn, Ido. “Constructing Drug Effects: A History of Set and Setting.” Drug Science, Policy and Law 3 (January 1, 2017): doi:10.1177/2050324516683325. (Published online ahead of print)
Hartogsohn, Ido. “Set and Setting, Psychedelics and the Placebo Response: An Extra-Pharmacological Perspective on Psychopharmacology.” Journal of Psychopharmacology 30, no. 12 (December 1, 2016): 1259–67.
Hartogsohn, Ido. "The Psychedelic Posthuman." In Posthumanism. Edited by Amichai Shalev. Haifa: Pardes publishing house. 2016. (Hebrew).
Hartogsohn, Ido. “Technology and Man.” In Education: The Human Questions, edited by Yeshayahu Tadmor and Amir Freimann, 194–206. Tel Aviv: Mofet Institute. 2015. (Hebrew)
Hartogsohn, Ido. “Psychedelic Society Revisited: On Reducing Valves, Reality Tunnels and The Question of Psychedelic Culture.” Psychedelic Press 2015, no. IV (August 2015): 83–99