Contribute to important psychological research on psychedelics anonymously
At the University of Exeter, they are investigating the effects of psychedelics on experiential avoidance and are looking for participants who have taken psychedelics in the last 12 months to take part in a short, anonymous survey to analyze this. The University of Exeter in the UK is one of the most prestigious institutions in the country and the psychology department is one of the most highly regarded.
Purpose of the research
Over the past 10 years, psychedelics have shown promising results for the treatment of mental disorders within controlled clinical settings. However, despite this growing body of research, the underlying psychological mechanisms for this efficacy of treatment, are still not understood. One potential explanation currently being studied within clinical research is the impact of psychedelics on experiential avoidance. This psychological mechanism is understood as the use of maladaptive thoughts and behaviors which seek to protect the individual from painful experiences in the short term but lead to the maintenance of a range of mental health disorders in the long term. The clinical relevance of researching this is clear as experiential avoidance is a key symptom of many debilitating mental health disorders including depression, addiction, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Eating Disorders, and phobias. In line with the prevalence of this symptom, experiential avoidance is a key mechanism in the treatment of an evidence-based psychotherapeutic therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which encourages the acceptance of thoughts, emotions, and experiences.
The aim of this study is to contribute to existing research to understand whether recent psychedelic use affects experiential avoidance, as well as the impact of psychedelic use on anxiety. The results of this study will contribute to the growing body of psychedelic research at the University of Exeter and contribute to a better application of the drug for various mental health problems.