Psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression: fMRI-measured brain mechanisms

Psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression: fMRI-measured brain mechanisms

This study was approved by the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) committee London – West London and was conducted in accordance with the revised declaration of Helsinki (2000), the International Committee on Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines and National Health Service (NHS) Research Governance Framework. Imperial College London sponsored the research which was conducted […]

Infographic: The Brain on Psychedelics

Infographic: The Brain on Psychedelics

Infographic: The Brain on Psychedelics Understanding how hallucinogenic drugs affect different neural networks could shed light on their therapeutic potential. © CATHERINE DELPHIAKey brain areas involved in the effects of psychedelic drugs are located in the default mode network (DMN), which is more active at rest than when attention is focused on the external environment. Neuroscientists first discovered this […]

Decoding the Tripping Brain

Decoding the Tripping Brain

© SEAN MCCABE Lying in a room at Imperial College London, surrounded by low lighting and music, Kirk experienced a vivid recollection of visiting his sick mother before she passed away. “I used to go and see my mum in the hospital quite a lot,” recalls Kirk, a middle-aged computer technician who lives in London […]

Psychedelics pioneer keeps his inner hippy in check

Psychedelics pioneer keeps his inner hippy in check

Psychedelics pioneer keeps his inner hippy in check   After giving people LSD and psilocybin, Robin Carhart-Harris is convinced of psychedelic therapy’s potential – but he daren’t get too excited about it .entry-header “I have conviction in psychedelics as tools to fundamentally understand the mind and the brain” Liz Hingley ONE of the last times […]

Risky research could herald mindful revolution

Risky research could herald mindful revolution

  Pioneering research into psychedelic drugs could herald a revolution in our understanding of human consciousness and how we treat mental illness.       With its roots in the great age of Victorian invention, Imperial College London looks back on a rich heritage of breakthroughs in science, engineering and medicine – from the discovery […]