Learn about the effects of ayahuasca on the brain, body and mind.

Taught by neuroscientist Dr. Draulio de Araujo, Ph.D, this course provides a clear overview of the important research on ayahuasca's effects on the brain, body and mind.

In this short course, you’ll learn about:

  •  How ayahuasca effects different brain regions.
  •  Similarities between the brains of advanced meditators and the brains of ayahuasca drinkers.
  •  How the brain regions affected by ayahuasca are linked to states that include awareness, memory, meditation, mind-wandering, visions, depression and more.
  •  Solid scientific insight about the short-term and long-term effects of drinking ayahuasca.

"Dr. Draulio de Araujo is at the forefront of scientific research on the neuroscience of ayahuasca. He has made important contributions to the study of the neural correlates of the modified state of consciousness induced by the ayahuasca tea. I wholeheartedly recommend this course."

Professor Jordi Riba (PhD) ~ Neuroscientist, Sant Pau Hospital, Barcelona

Through understanding how the brain works when people drink ayahuasca, you gain profound knowledge about the ayahuasca experience itself and about its role in the therapeutic process. Paving the way for this type of knowledge, Professor Draulio de Araujo leads a team of researchers in Brazil that have developed pioneering understandings of ayahuasca effects.

In this short yet supercharged course, you'll learn about the fundamental effects of ayahuasca on humans. Professor de Araujo gives a simple and clear introduction to neuroscience and the human brain. This sets the foundation for learning about the short-term and long-term effects of ayahuasca on the brain and mind.

You'll gain a wide overview of leading neuroscientific and psychological research that has been done on ayahuasca around the world. Change the way you understand yourself and the world by getting the facts on Ayahuasca & The Brain.

Course curriculum

  • 01
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    • Teacher and Course Introduction (3:03)
  • 02
    The Science of Ayahuasca
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    • Neuropharmacological Perspectives (7:44)
    • Altered States of Consciousness in the Laboratory (3:24)
    • Fundamental Effects on Humans (10:53)
  • 03
    Ayahuasca and The Brain
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    • Inspecting The Brain (6:35)
    • The Effects on Brain Waves and Brain Regions (5:20)
    • Seeing With The Eyes Shut: Visions, Introspection, and Awareness (7:28)
    • The Default Mode Network (4:17)
  • 04
    Ayahuasca as an Antidepressant?
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    • Neuropsychology and Personality Changes in Long-Term Users (6:03)
    • Therapeutic Effects of Psychedelics (2:55)
    • Antidepressant Effects of Ayahuasca (8:23)

Professor Draulio de Araujo

Meet Your Instructor

Draulio de Araujo is a professor of neuroimaging at the Brain Insitute (UFRN), Natal, Brazil. In recent years his research has focused on using functional neuroimaging methods (EEG and fMRI) to investigate the acute and lasting effects of Ayahuasca. His research group has also been studying the antidepressant potential of Ayahuasca. He is a co-author of the research articles: Antidepressant effects of a single dose of ayahuasca in patients with recurrent depression: a preliminary report (2015); and Seeing with the eyes shut: Neural basis of enhanced imagery following ayahuasca ingestion (2012); and Long-term use of psychedelic drugs is associated with differences in brain structure and personality in humans.
Professor Draulio de Araujo


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