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Psychedelic Exceptionalism: an online discussion

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Another day, another discussion! This time our interest has been piqued by a concept which we are all too familiar with: Psychedelic Exceptionalism. Psychedelic exceptionalism describes the phenomenon that people tend to grant psychedelics a ‘special status’ in comparison with other psychoactive substances, leading to a range of social narratives.  ‘These substances have value; the […]

ZOOMING IN on.. Defining “Therapy” in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

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While psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin, LSD, and ayahuasca are making headlines as promising treatments for a wide range of mental disorders, the potential role of psychotherapy within these treatments is sometimes overlooked. But how exactly can psychotherapy affect the learning processes that are facilitated by psychedelic drugs? How will the incorporation of psychedelics shape […]

Psychopharmakologie: aktueller Stand des Denkens und mögliche Entwicklungen 

Berlin Boxhagener Straße 82a, Berlin

  Psychopharmakologie: aktueller Stand des Denkens und mögliche Entwicklungen Psychopharmaka stellen seit den 1950er Jahren einen zentralen Pfeiler der Behandlung vieler psychiatrischer Erkrankungen dar. Sie haben die Praxis der Psychiatrie weltweit grundlegend verändert. Während ihre molekularen Wirkmechanismen im Detail verstanden werden, ist noch weitgehend unklar, wie sich die Bindung an einem bestimmten molekularen Ziel im Gehirn zu Veränderungen der Stimmung, der Emotionen oder des Verhaltens führt. Das […]

Emotionsregulation im Gehirn – ohne und mit Psychedelika

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As humans, we consistently process environmental stimuli with regard to their importance for our organism. Emotions not only signal us the meaning but also determine how we deal with the stimuli. We have a complex, neural system of emotion and stress regulation at our disposal that has evolved over the course of evolution. The lecture […]

ZOOMING IN on Psychedelic Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a severe psychiatric condition characterised by behavioural and emotion dysregulation, disturbances in self-identity, and impaired social functioning. Evidence-based psychotherapies for BPD such as dialectical behaviour therapy can often reduce BPD symptoms, and have helped improve the lives of many patients. However, these treatments have important limitations and not all individuals […]

Psychedelics within Capitalism: an online discussion

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It’s time for a conversation about one of the bigger questions that is on many minds within the psychedelic community. A short while ago, a company called Auryn Project released a story named ‘We Will Call it Pala’. The story paints a possible future wherein the psychedelic industry becomes capitalist. This story highlights the potential […]

Using your breath to change your mind: the neuroscience of conscious breathing

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Can you alter your state of consciousness using nothing but your breath? According to practitioners across the globe, the answer is yes. In recent years, some effects of conscious breathing have become widely known, e.g. the ‘mental stillness’ one may access through slow-breath meditation. But conscious breathing can also facilitate more dramatic shifts. It may […]

Psychedelic entrepreneurship: creating new paradigms in the healthcare economy or pharma business as usual?

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Psychedelic entrepreneurship: creating new paradigms in the healthcare economy or pharma business as usual?  What are the acupuncture points to shift human consciousness from rigid neurotic patterns towards a healthy and adaptive function? What are the acupuncture points to shift our socio-economic system from linear-extractive paradigms towards circular-regenerative paradigms?  When it comes to psychedelic therapies, […]

ZOOMING IN on.. Psychological Mechanisms of Psychedelic Therapies

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Long-term outcomes of psychedelic interventions appear to depend substantially on the quality of the psychedelic experience. According to most protocols for dosing sessions in contemporary psychedelic therapy research, one individual patient is supported by two guides while lying down with closed eyes and listening to music. This particular setting seems to be conducive to mystical-type and emotional breakthrough experiences, both of which are associated with long-lasting increases in well-being and reductions in psychopathology. What is the psychology behind these experiences and their therapeutic impact? What factors determine their occurrence and intensity? Should we […]

Psychedelics and Sensemaking: an online discussion

Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 23, Berlin

  How do psychedelics affect our sensemaking? Conspiracy theories seem to have become a more prominent part of the public awareness during recent months. One could say this is the result of a period during which humanity’s sensemaking was challenged and people were presented with conflicting narratives, testing this ability. Sensemaking is the process by […]

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ZOOMING IN on … Ayahuasca for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Boxhagener Str. 82, 4th floor, Berlin
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FREE for members! Click here to become a member The webinar will be recorded and every ticket buyer will receive the recording only a few weeks after. So if you cannot make it to the webinar but want to watch the talk, please buy your ticket anyway. Event Description: Ayahuasca is a psychedelic brew traditionally […]

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Is Cognitive Enhancement Immoral?

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Humans have been learning more and more about themselves in recent decades thanks to our developing technology. Our brain, its chemistry, the connections and its signaling are being better understood, granting us insight how we can increase the efficiency of our operating organ. This insight is resulting in a new type of technology: cognitive enhancement. Cognitive […]

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