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Insight Conference
Speakers
Marco Schlosser, M.Sc.
Date
11/09/2021
Time
11:30am - 12:00pm
Location
Track 3: Robert-Koch

Event

Psychedelic use in Meditation Practice: Theories, Evidence, and Future Directions

How, for whom, and under what circumstances could psychedelic experiences positively impact meditation training? And how could meditation training positively affect the preparation, quality, and integration of psychedelic experiences? To begin answering these questions, I will critically review theories and research on the use of psychedelics in meditation training and, relatedly, on the integration of meditative practices into psychedelic-assisted therapies. I will discuss the limitations of previous work and highlight conceptual and methodological considerations that arise when models of the psychedelic experience and theories of meditation meet, challenge, and inform each other. Relatedly, I will discuss contextual conditions that potentially modulate and predict the effects of psychedelic-assisted meditation training by delineating person-related factors (e.g., personality, intentions, worldview), meditation-related factors (e.g., forms of meditation, conceptual frameworks, community/sangha), and psychedelic-related factors (e.g., substance, dose, expectations). I will then present data from the largest study to date investigating regular meditators’ relationship with psychedelics. Participants reported on how their psychedelic use has affected their meditation practice and vice versa. I will explore the link between personality traits and preferences for meditation and psychedelic use (including microdosing). We also collected data on participants’ most meaningful and most difficult meditation and psychedelic experiences. Results will be evaluated in light of previous work that aimed to address theoretical, methodological, and clinical implications associated with meditation- and psychedelic-related challenges. To conclude, I will propose research questions and directions that could contribute to the maturation of this nascent research field

Speakers

PhD student (University of Geneva)

Marco Schlosser, M.Sc.

Division of Psychiatry, University College London
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