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Pure Curiosity: Dr. Sahib Khalsa on Float Therapy and Mental Health

This week’s episode of Pure Curiosity is all about float therapy. Dr. Sahib Khalsa and his colleagues at the Laureate Institute for Brain research have been studying the impact of floating on mental health disorders from PTSD to Anorexia, and the results are very promising. While trials are still in early phases, this is an important step toward understanding how this 63 year old treatment could impact modern mental health. Not sure what floating is? You’re not alone! Floating has only recently become more widely known, with athletes like Steph Curry endorsing it. To learn more about it, and how it might help you, listen in!

About Our Guest:

Dr. Sahib Khalsa

Director of Clinical Studies, Laureate Institute for Brain Research Assistant Professor, Oxley College of Health Sciences, University of Tulsa Volunteer Faculty Member, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oklahoma

​Dr. Khalsa’s laboratory studies the heart-brain connection. Our research explores three main questions:

(1) How do we feel our heartbeat? (2) Is there dysfunctional cross talk between the heart and brain in psychiatric and cardiovascular illnesses? (3) How can we develop new treatments that re-establish a functional dialogue between the heart and brain?

He has published over 40 papers and abstracts, and has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), and the Mind and Life Foundation.

For more on Dr. Khalsa and the Laureate Institute, visit

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