Kim P. C. Kuypers

Social Neuropsychopharmacological Research with Psychedelics

My name is Kim Kuypers. I am appointed as Associate Professor at Maastricht University, at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

My main topics of interest are MDMA and psychedelics, and their effects on (social) cognition, creativity, hormones, and underlying brain mechanisms.

My conviction is that... 

'Science is about moving people and being moved both in a physical and an emotional way'

Since the start of my scientific career in 2003, I have been building up expertise in the field of applied and fundamental psychopharmacological studies. My applied research concerns studies on the effects of drugs on driving. In my fundamental research, I study the neurobiological mechanisms (receptors/brain areas) underlying cognitive and emotional processes using mechanistic neuropharmacological studies and functional imaging techniques.

Together with a team of researchers, we conduct psychedelic research. This research includes 3 pillars:

  1. Placebo-controlled experimental studies focused on understanding the underlying neurobiology of acute and longer-term effects of psychedelic substances on empathy and flexible cognition
  2. Naturalistic studies focused at understanding the acute and longer-term effects of psychedelics on well-being, empathy and flexible cognition in a naturalistic setting
  3. Survey studies focused on understanding patterns and motives of drug use

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To know what I am currently working on, see 'Work'. To see what kind of studies we have conducted in the previous years see 'Publications' or click: https://youtu.be/ED2Rxxh9mTs.

To contact me, see my details on the right.


Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Dept. of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology

Room A 2.743

Universiteitssingel 40

6229 ER Maastricht, NL


+ 31 433881902



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Researcher Unique Identifier: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7634-3809

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