The Psychological and Neurophysiological Effects of Music in Combination with Psychedelics
Mendel Kaelen, Ph.D. Candidate
Psychedelics and music have a profound capacity to alter consciousness, and both have been used by humans for thousands of years and across cultures. Increasing numbers of modern clinical trials have assessed the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, and with promising results. During psychedelic therapy sessions, music is considered an important therapeutic tool. This talk will present recent findings from the study of how psychedelics and music work together in the brain to change subjective experience, share insights from the study of patient-experiences with music during psychedelic therapy, and will discuss implications and prospects on using music in psychedelic therapy.
Mendel Kaelen, Ph.D. Candidate, is a neuroscientist from Imperial College London. For his Ph.D. and as a research fellow of the Beckley Foundation, he studied the effects of psychedelics on the subjective experience of music.