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PhD Student

Nicole Amada

City University New York

I currently teach Introduction to Cognitive Psychology at Brooklyn College, and have been a teachers assistant in Statistics for Behavioral Science.

I have two major research interests. The first line of research I’m pursuing is the long-term effects of psychedelic experiences on self-representation (on both minimal and narrative levels) and the role of these experiences in shaping developmental trajectories by targeting self-representations. Specifically I am interested in the links between self-insights (kinds of epistemic gains) generated by the experience, shifts in self-attitudes (such as self-compassion and self-esteem) and autonomy (volitionally regulating internal states and behaviors).

The second line of research I am interested in is the practice of mindfulness and the role mindfulness could play in promoting adaptive development throughout the lifespan. First covering adolescence, a literature review pairs specific mindfulness-based practices with psychological and behavioral trends present during this period. By targeting self-representations and changing introspective processes, mindfulness may promote the development of self-regulatory and socio-cognitive skills.

I am interested in self-related cognitive processes and their role in the narrative construction of experience. This interest is embedded in the larger context of the lifespan, with a developmental approach to elucidating the transformative potential of psychedelic experiences and mindfulness-related practices. Experiences and practices that target the self-related processes may generate a window of opportunity for change in developmental trajectories.

Conference Presentations


Dismantling and Reconfiguring the Narrative Self: An exploratory qualitative study of psychedelic-induced identity transformations

The transformative potential of psychedelic substances may lie in their ability to disintegrate highly organized activity within the cortical networks underpinning self-related cognitive processes. By altering the processes through which the self is experienced and contemplated, these substances have the potential to catalyze lasting change to the narrative self (identity) and developmental trajectories. The present qualitative study explores first-person retrospective accounts of acute and lasting psychedelic-induced changes to the narrative self and the effects of those changes. Inductive thematic coding […]

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With your ticket you will have access to the whole conference - with keynotes, panels, round tables, posters and daylight social events. We will ask for a small extra fee for the Friday evening social program. The pre-conference workshops have to be booked separately and each workshop needs an individual ticket. By clicking on "Book now" below you also have the option to buy your workshop tickets.

*Reduced fees apply to students, cooperation partners as well as unemployed and retired individuals who have a monthly net income below 840,- €. Proof of status will be required.

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