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Cannabis for the Treatment of Psychosis

Cannabis

Ketamine Lifts Depression via a Byproduct of Its Metabolism

<b>NIH-funded team finds rapid-acting, non-addicting agent in mouse study.</b><p>A chemical byproduct, or metabolite, created as the body breaks down ketamine …

How to Pick Music for People on LSD, From a Scientist Whose Job That Is

Neuroscience PhD student Mendel Kaelen researches the relationship between psychedelics and music. He explains how he picks the songs.<p>Since its 60s counterculture heyday, LSD has been closely associated with music. But it's not just artistic proclivities that link them: Researchers have found that …

How drawing focuses the mind | Daniel Glaser

Sketching requires looking at objects in a different way – it’s all in the detail<p>The V&A has come under fire for banning sketching at its new exhibition of underwear. The museum says it’s to ease congestion as punters browse through 18th-century knickers and learn the history of the jockstrap . But …

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

New research suggest that free will might be nothing more than a trick the brain plays on itself

In each case, we conceive of ourselves as free agents, consciously guiding our bodies in purposeful ways.<p>But what does science have to say about the true source of this experience?<p>In a classic paper published almost 20 years ago, the psychologists Dan Wegner and Thalia Wheatley made a revolutionary …

Consciousness

Psilocybin and Personality

Recent research suggests fascinating connections between the effects of the psychedelic drug psilocybin and personality traits related to inner …

Consciousness

Psychedelic Drugs and the Nature of Personality Change

Psychedelic drugs have been popularly referred to as “mind-expanding.” Some recent research suggests that psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin and …

Consciousness

The Psychology of Time and the Paradox of How Impulsivity and Self-Control Mediate Our Capacity for Presence

“Consciousness is tied to corporeality and temporality: I experience myself as existing with a body over time.”<p><i>“Reality is never and nowhere more accessible than in the immediate moment of one’s own life,”</i> Kafka once told a teenage friend. <i>“It’s only there that it can be won or lost.”</i> The great …

Self Control

This Psychedelic Drug is Helping in the Fight Against Depression

Psychology researchers have found a link between mental time travel and depression. Mental time travel refers to our ability to ruminate on events …

Depression

Stereoscopic GIFs Get Trippy Makeovers with Neural Network Imaging

The artistic duo The Current Sea let a neural network work its magic on 3D wiggle GIFs.<p>Stereoscopic photography, a type of primitive 3D imaging and proto-GIF, dates back to the 1800s. Also called wiggle stereoscopy, or wiggle 3D, the technique makes for some great animated GIFs. Now The Current …

Talking Acid Trips and Drug Legalization with the Psychedelic Society of Brooklyn

Daniel Miller never expected to become a psychedelics advocate, but the former Ivy League-educated lawyer started the Psychedelic Society of Brooklyn last year to help change cultural and political attitudes towards LSD.<p>"The psychedelic experience has the potential to help a lot of people," said …

I Tried to Trip Using Only My Breath

Breathwork was born out of LSD research in the 1960s, and suggests that by hyperventilating, you can experience the same feeling as an acid trip.<p>Breathwork is a type of industrial-strength meditation, believed to replicate the effects of LSD. By hyperventilating for long periods of time you get to …