Robert Wendrich, Dr.

University Of Twente

Connecting Computational Tools With Psychedelic Research (Hypotheses)


Humans, machines and systems are incorporated, embedded and take fully part in all areas, sectors, territories, and domains of our 24/7 economy to fulfil, assist or support our daily tasks, work, communication patterns and lives. Creative thought underlies many innovations in science, technology, and the arts, but also bring forth novel solutions to common problems people encounter and need to solve in daily lives. Everything seems connected or is connected by some sort of means, service, or proxy. Humans continue to have, at least for the time being, an advantage in the ‘real-world’domain in which they use their abilities and capabilities in often advanced and complex situations in either physical or cognitive challenges (i.e. communication, psychology, cognition). In generative design and engineering processes unleashing and manifesting creativity is encouraged by divergent and convergent thinking relayed through representational processes, generative adversarial networks (GAN), and assistive computational tools (ACT). Hybrid design tool environments (HDTEs) provide interactive simple, effective, flexible and efficient workflow whilst not limit the creative output and ideation processing. Simulating and stimulating phenomenological aspects of altered states of consciousness provides an important experimental tool for consciousness science, psychedelics, creative problem-solving skills, assessing divergent-convergent thinking, and real-world creative achievement. The precise neurobiological underpinning of how psychedelics may enhance divergent creative thinking remains largely unknown, and further research is warranted. Several studies have shown a direct relationship between divergent thinking and dopamine neurotransmission, cortical dopamine involved in cognitive flexibility and higher levels of openess to experience and schizotype have been linked with activity in the dopaminergic system.


Robert Wendrich is founder and principal researcher in the research based spin-off (RBSO) Rawshaping Technology (RST) and assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) in the department of Design, Production and Management (DPM) at the University of Twente. Dr. Wendrich is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); the Design Society (DS); the Euro VR VETE SIG; Emotional Engineering SIG (EE) and biom* SIG.




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