Mendel Kaelen is the founder and CEO of Wavepaths, a startup providing music both for and as psychedelic therapy. Prior to this, he worked as a PhD and postdoctoral neuroscientist at Imperial College London since 2012, where his research was the first to demonstrate music’s central role in psychedelic therapies. He is a thought leader on the therapeutic use of music and publishes and speaks frequently on this topic. He has been featured in Nature News, the San Francisco Chronicle, Vice Motherboard, Rolling Stone and TEDx. Mendel lives and works on planet Earth, and in his spare time likes to get into nature, and out of his mind with his musical instruments.
The essential role of music in Psychedelic Therapy: 10 years of research.
This talk will elucidate the central role of music in psychedelic therapy, as the facilitator of implicit learning experiences by providing non-verbal direction. It posits through research data, patient experiences, and musical examples, that psychedelic therapy is a directed approach. Person-centred music is essential to practising psychedelic therapy not only effectively, but ethically and safely.