The administration of psilocybin to healthy hallucinogen experienced volunteers

The administration of psilocybin to healthy hallucinogen experienced volunteers

The administration of psilocybin to healthy,hallucinogen-experienced volunteers in a mock-functional magnetic resonance imaging environment: a preliminary investigation of tolerability This study sought to assess the tolerability of intravenously administered psilocybin in healthy, hallucinogen-experienced volunteers in a mock-magnetic resonance imaging environment as a preliminary stage to a controlled investigation using functional magnetic resonance imaging to explore […]

Neural correlates of the psychedelic state

Neural correlates of the psychedelic state

Neural correlates of the psychedelic state as determined by fMRI studies with psilocybin Psychedelic drugs have a long history of use in healing ceremonies, but despite renewed interest in their therapeutic potential, we continue to know very little about how they work in the brain. Here we used psilocybin, a classic psychedelic found in magic […]

Homological scaffolds of brain functional networks

Homological scaffolds of brain functional networks

Homological scaffolds of brain functional networks Networks, as efficient representations of complex systems, have appealed to scientists for a long time and now permeate many areas of science, including neuroimaging (Bullmore and Sporns 2009 Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 10, 186–198. (doi:10.1038/nrn2618)). Traditionally, the structure of complex networks has been studied through their statistical properties and metrics […]

Broadband Cortical Desynchronization Underlies Psychedelic State

Broadband Cortical Desynchronization Underlies Psychedelic State

Broadband Cortical Desynchronization Underlies the Human Psychedelic State   Psychedelic drugs produce profound changes in consciousness, but the underlying neurobiological mechanisms for this remain unclear. Spontaneous and induced oscillatory activity was recorded in healthy human participants with magnetoencephalography after intravenous infusion of psilocybin—prodrug of the nonselective serotonin 2A receptor agonist and classic psychedelic psilocin. Psilocybin […]

Homological scaffolds of brain functional networks

Homological scaffolds of brain functional networks

Homological scaffolds of brain functional networks Networks, as efficient representations of complex systems, have appealed to scientists for a long time and now permeate many areas of science, including neuroimaging (Bullmore and Sporns 2009 Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 10, 186–198. (doi:10.1038/nrn2618)). Traditionally, the structure of complex networks has been studied through their statistical properties and metrics […]

Brain Dynamical States During the Psychedelic Experience

Brain Dynamical States During the Psychedelic Experience

Enhanced Repertoire of Brain Dynamical States During the Psychedelic Experience The study of rapid changes in brain dynamics and functional connectivity (FC) is of increasing interest in neuroimaging. Brain states departing from normal waking consciousness are expected to be accompanied by alterations in the aforementioned dynamics. In particular, the psychedelic experience produced by psilocybin (a […]

LSD enhances the emotional response to music

LSD enhances the emotional response to music

Rationale There is renewed interest in the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs such as lysergic acid diethylamide LSD). LSD was used extensively in the 1950s and 1960s as an adjunct in psychotherapy, reportedly enhancing emotionality. Music is an effective tool to evoke and study emotion and is considered an important element in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy; however, […]

Implications for psychedelic assisted psychotherapy

Implications for psychedelic assisted psychotherapy

magnetic resonance imaging study with psilocybin – Implications for psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy: functional Background Psilocybin is a classic psychedelic drug that has a history of use in psychotherapy. One of the rationales for its use was that it aids emotional insight by lowering psychological defences. Aims To test the hypothesis that psilocybin facilitates access to personal […]

Finding the Self by Losing the Self

Finding the Self by Losing the Self

Finding the Self by Losing the Self: Neural Correlates of Ego-Dissolution Under Psilocybin Ego-disturbances have been a topic in schizophrenia research since the earliest clinical descriptions of the disorder. Manifesting as a feeling that one’s “self,” “ego,” or “I” is disintegrating or that the border between one’s self and the external world is dissolving, “ego-disintegration” […]