Working with Weirdness: A Response to "Moving Past Mysticism in Psychedelic Science"

Joost J. Breeksema*, Michiel van Elk

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    In response to a recent call to rid psychedelic science of the concept of mystical experience, we argue that acknowledging the varieties and weirdness of psychedelic experiences should be at the heart of any research program on this topic. We highlight the rich tradition and scientific tools for studying mystical-type experiences, their relevance for understanding the therapeutic effects of psychedelics, as well as the need for more diversity in the experiences and participants included in this research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1471-1474
    Number of pages4
    JournalACS Pharmacology & Translational Science
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 13-Aug-2021

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