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Scientists Expand Minds by Studying Science Behind Magic Mushrooms

A Reuters article reports that a recent study has shown that when under the influence of psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms, the brain displays activity similar to that recorded during dreams. Participants in the study were administered psilocybin while laying in an fMRI, and according to the results published in Human Brain Mapping, activity increased in the hippocampus, anterior cingulate cortex, and more primitive brain network, creating dream-like patterns. Researchers also noted more disjointed and uncoordinated activity in the brain network, which has been linked to high-level thinking and self-consciousness. In the UK, scientists are exploring the use of psilocybin with treating severe depression, and have seen some positive early-stage results.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in Human Brain Mapping.