Kim Kuypers – Ayahuasca And Creative Thinking
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Kim Kuypers – Ayahuasca And Creative Thinking

Kim Kuypers – Ayahuasca And Creative Thinking

Ayahuasca is a South American psychotropic plant tea traditionally used in Amazonian shamanism. Recently it was shown that ayahuasca reduces judgmental processing and inner reactivity, classic goals of mindfulness psychotherapy. Related to this, we investigated the effects of ayahuasca on divergent thinking, since this mode of thinking can enhance and strengthen psychological exibility by generating new emotional and cognitive strategies. Findings showed that ayahuasca enhances creative divergent thinking, suggesting that ayahuasca can increase psychological exibility, which may facilitate psychotherapeutic interventions and support clinical trial initiatives. Next to the acute effects, we are currently investigating whether these positive effects on divergent thinking are longer lasting.

Filmed at Breaking Convention 2017
4th International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness
University of Greenwich London – June 30th – July 2nd 2017

Sponsored by ‘The Temple of the Way of Light’ and ‘Chaikuni Institute’

The Temple of the Way of Light is a pioneering ayahuasca retreat center that works with indigenous Shipibo male and female healers in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The Temple emphasises integration as a pillar of the healing and personal growth process, providing a strong network of support during and after the retreats. Via collaborations with ICEERS and the Beckley Foundation, the Temple is also at the forefront of psychedelic research.
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The Chaikuni Institute is a non-profit association established by the Temple of the Way of Light. It aims to complement the personal healing work facilitated by the Temple with social justice and environmental rights advocacy and action. Chaikuni focuses on empowering and accompanying grassroots projects and initiatives that are defined by the needs of the inhabitants of the amazon rainforest themselves.
To learn more, visit us at


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