Ayahuasca in psychiatry: From psiquiatría folklórica to neuroimaging
by Brian Anderson, MD/MSc cand.
This presentation analyzes from an anthropological perspective some of the ways that ayahuasca’s curative potentials have been portrayed in conventional psychiatry from the 1950s until today. Through considering seldom-cited and difficult-to-access publications and other forms of academic psychiatric productions, it is shown how different cultures within psychiatry have shaped the construction of scientific ‘facts’ of how ayahuasca can affect and heal the mind. Suggestions are made for how such a historical and cultural analysis of psychiatric discourse can be applied to the development of the contemporary ethnopsychiatric study of ayahuasca.
The European Ayahuasca Research Symposium was organized on 17 June 2011 at the University of Amsterdam by Stichting OPEN and MAPS, in collaboration with Bia Labate Ph.D, MAPS Hungary and Cognito.
The European Ayahuasca Research Symposium was a multidisciplinary series of lectures that focused on current research being done in Europe. Experts from various disciplines presented their studies on ayahuasca’s effects on health, neural functioning and consciousness.
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