David de Wied is a master student from the University of Utrecht who has been passionate about psychedelic research for almost a decade, and personally involved for the past three years. During his Cognitive Neuroscience master’s degree, he completed a six-month internship at Imperial College London under the tutelage of Dr. Mendel Kaelen and Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, investigating the effects of music and LSD on functional connectivity and brain network dynamics. Subsequently, given both the current focus on clinical psychedelic research as well as a desire to be personally involved in the therapeutic process, he opted for a second master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Currently, he working in collaboration with Imperial College on several articles and ongoing studies.
Setting the stage for peak experiences: Mindset, Music and Environment
Psychedelics show great promise in the treatment of mood and substance disorders. The subjective experience during psychedelic therapy sessions is consistently shown to determine therapy outcomes. As such, non-drug factors that influence the subjective experience, including music, the therapeutic relationship, and room design, have been a focal point of recent studies. This talk will present new findings from a neuroimaging study with LSD and music, as well as from a large-scale cohort-study that assessed the influence of music, set and setting on subjective experiences with psychedelics.