Psychedelic drugs and creativity

  • Krippner S
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Abstract

Discusses the use of psychedelic drugs as a means to facilitate creativity and presents several studies of psychedelic drug use among artists. It is indicated that reactions to psychedelic substances are heavily influenced by expectancy, personality, and setting. The varied reactions of both artists and nonartists to LSD and similar drugs make it difficult to conceive of a uniform psychedelic state. Psychedelic substances could be conceived of as triggers that evoke certain experiences. If the suggested outcome is directed toward unusual experiences, the chances are greater that some type of creative experience or creative behavior may emerge from an alteration in consciousness. It is suggested that several subsystems (e.g., unconscious processes, memory, evaluation) are probably involved in the experience of newness and strangeness commented on by many LSD users. (59 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Stanley Krippner

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