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Decoding the Tripping Brain

By Diana Kwon | September 1, 2017

Scientists are beginning to unravel the mechanisms behind the therapeutic effects of psychedelic drugs.


In a pair of clinical studies of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, participants reported positive changes to their moods and outlooks.

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | July 1, 2015

Stoned, Anxious, The Deeper Genome, and Testosterone


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Like Breeds With Like

By Jenny Rood | April 6, 2015

Mice pairs with similar anxiety levels produce offspring more quickly than coupled animals with differing personalities, according to a recent study.


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Bouncing Back

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 1, 2015

In mice, a transcriptional regulator, β-catenin, activates a microRNA-processing pathway in the nucleus accumbens to promote resilience to social stress.


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Magic Mushroom Dreams

By Jef Akst | July 3, 2014

A psychedelic compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms triggers brain activity characteristic of dream states.

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Anxious Crayfish

By Kerry Grens | June 16, 2014

A crustacean appears anxious after a stressful experience, but a drug can fix it, according to a new study.


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Just a Trip

By Tracy Vence | August 19, 2013

Using psychedelic drugs does not increase one’s risk of developing mental health problems, researchers show.


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Opioid Receptors Implicated in PTSD

By Dan Cossins | June 7, 2013

A compound that targets a particular opioid receptor in the amygdala reduces the formation of PTSD-like systems in mice subjected to severe trauma.


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Drugged Fish Act Different

By Kate Yandell | February 14, 2013

A psychiatric drug in the water can cause perch to be less social, more voracious hunters.


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