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The potential synergistic effects between psychedelic administration and nature contact for the improvement of mental health

The potential synergistic effects between psychedelic administration and nature contact for the improvement of mental health

Gandy, Sam, Forstmann, Matthias, Carhart-Harris, Robin, Timmermann, Chris, Luke, David ORCID: 0000-0003-2141-2453 and Watts, Rosalind (2020) The potential synergistic effects between psychedelic administration and nature contact for the improvement of mental health. Health Psychology Open, 7 (2). pp. 1-21. ISSN 2055-1029 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/2055102920978123)

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Abstract

Therapeutic psychedelic administration and contact with nature have been associated with the same psychological mechanisms: decreased rumination and negative affect, enhanced psychological connectedness and mindfulness-related capacities, and heightened states of awe and transcendent experiences, all processes linked to improvements in mental health amongst clinical and healthy populations. Nature-based settings can have inherently psychologically soothing properties which may complement all stages of psychedelic therapy (mainly preparation and integration) whilst potentiating increases in nature relatedness, with associated psychological benefits. Maximising enhancement of nature relatedness through therapeutic psychedelic administration may constitute an independent and complementary pathway towards improvements in mental health that can be elicited by psychedelics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: drug effects, health promotion, health psychology, well-being, psychedelics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Mental Health
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2020 11:19
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30444

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