#51 Music and Psychedelics with Dr Mendel Kaelen

Have you ever felt moved by a song? Have had music affect your mood? For many of us music has a therapeutic quality to it. So what about combining that with psychedelics?
In this week’s episode we’ll meet Dr Mendel Kaelen, CEO of Wavepaths, a London-based company researching and developing methods for music-assisted psychotherapy.

Tune in to this week’s episode to gain some insight on how music actually affects our brains and hence ourselves.

Who is Dr Mendel Kaelen?

Prior to Wavepaths, Dr Kaelen worked as a PhD student and post-doctoral neuroscientist at Imperial College London with a special focus of the role of music in psychedelic therapy. Combining his passion to both music and neuroscience he advocates for the therapeutic use of music in talks and publications that has been featured in Nature News, San Francisco Chronicles, Vice Motherboard, Rolling Stone, TEDx and others.


Become a Drug Science Community Member



Out of body experience

Magic mushrooms

Robin Carhart-Harris

Beckley Foundation

Amanda Feilding




Helen Bonny

Insight (psychology)

Peak experience


Visual cortex

Brocas area (inferior frontal gyrus)

Planum temporale


Default mode network

The entropic brain

Hyper-connectivity in the brain under specific drugs


Serotonin 2a receptor

Pyramidal neurons

Predictive coding


Michael Pollan

Brian Eno

Grateful Dead

Acid Test

Buchla synthesizers