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Is it time to revisit the role of psychedelic drugs in enhancing human creativity? (2008)

Is it time to revisit the role of psychedelic drugs in enhancing human creativity? (2008)

  1. Jatelka
    Journal of Psychopharmacology 2008 Nov;22(8):821-7

    Ben Sessa

    Human creativity is difficult to define and measure, but it is undoubtedly an important cognitive process. This makes it an interesting challenge for modern neuroscientific exploration - especially given the current interest in developing cognitive enhancers for commercial and clinical uses. There are similarities between the typical traits of creative people and the subjective psychological characteristics of the psychedelic (hallucinogenic) drug experience. This phenomenon was studied in a number of small trials and case studies in the 1960s. Results were inconclusive, and the quality of these studies - by modern research standards - was merely anecdotal. Nevertheless, with today's current renaissance in psychedelic drug research and the growing interest in cognitive enhancing drugs, now may be the time to re-visit these studies with contemporary research methods.