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Ido Hartogsohn is a sociologist and historian of technology and media. Hartogsohn work studies the social shaping of drugs and media interrogating such subjects as psychedelic research and smartphone addiction, fusing insights from the fields of STS, media studies, drug studies and critical theory.

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 has also made multiple appearances in Israeli and international media, covering drug research and policy issues. Hartogsohn’s book Technomystica: Consciousness in a Technological Age (Hebrew, 2009) explored the theme of technology and its effects on the mind, developing an original approach to the integration of technology in everyday life. His upcoming book American Trip: Set, Setting and the Psychedelic Experience in the Twentieth Century (forthcoming with MIT Press) portrays the ways in which the sociocultural landscape of mid-twentieth-century America shaped psychedelic research and culture of the era, producing what came to be known as “the psychedelic experience.”

Notable Publications:

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. “Psychedelics in the Palliative Care of Terminally Ill Cancer Patients.” In Psychooncology edited by, Varsha Dutta. Delhi: Narosa Publishing. 2016.


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