Psilocybin ‘magic mushrooms’ shown to be as effective as pharmaceuticals in treating depression

Psilocybin ‘magic mushrooms’ shown to be as effective as pharmaceuticals in treating depression

Sarah Edmonds | 
The psychedelic drug psilocybin – found in “magic mushrooms” performed just as well as a widely used antidepressant in easing ...
What are the biological roots of psychosis? Studying mice offers a window into understanding human hallucinations

What are the biological roots of psychosis? Studying mice offers a window into understanding human hallucinations

Psychosis occurs when a person loses touch with reality. During a psychotic episode people may become delusional — acquire false ...
Only 5 senses? There’s actually 6 more, and here’s how they work

Only 5 senses? There’s actually 6 more, and here’s how they work

Emma Young | 
Aristotle’s desperately outdated five sense model may still be popular, but it vastly under-estimates our extraordinary human capacity for sensing ...
1/3 of American adults can now legally smoke marijuana. Here is how weed affects your brain and body, for good and bad

1/3 of American adults can now legally smoke marijuana. Here is how weed affects your brain and body, for good and bad

Erin Brodwin, Julia Naftulin | 
Marijuana can make you feel good.  One of weed's active ingredients, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) interacts with the brain's reward system, the ...
‘Great ape-like brains’: Early humans who first ventured out of Africa 1.5 million years ago had 'monkey brains'

‘Great ape-like brains’: Early humans who first ventured out of Africa 1.5 million years ago had ‘monkey brains’

Laura Geggel | 
Early humans still had great ape-like brains, according to a new study that found modern humans evolved to have our ...
‘Tearing up the receipts for the previous day's stresses’: How nightmares have helped us emotionally navigate COVID

‘Tearing up the receipts for the previous day’s stresses’: How nightmares have helped us emotionally navigate COVID

William Park | 
For people on the frontline [of the COVID pandemic,] dreams became nightmares. Of 114 doctors and 414 nurses working in ...
foodfear

Our food has never been safer, so why are we so scared of it?

Jack Bobo | 
Why you shouldn't trust your brain ...
How do you spot a liar? (Hint: Non-verbal cues don’t matter much)

How do you spot a liar? (Hint: Non-verbal cues don’t matter much)

Jessica Seigel | 
Police thought that 17-year-old Marty Tankleff seemed too calm after finding his mother stabbed to death and his father mortally bludgeoned ...
Why are women at higher risk for depression while more men suffer from schizophrenia? It’s in our genes

Why are women at higher risk for depression while more men suffer from schizophrenia? It’s in our genes

[M]ore than 100 investigators and research groups... combed through the genomes of 33,403 people with schizophrenia, 19,924 with bipolar disorder, ...
Can AI robots replace human therapists?

Can AI robots replace human therapists?

Lisa Ward | 
Websites, smartphone apps and social-media sites are dispensing mental-health advice, often using artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, clinicians and researchers are looking ...
Podcast: ‘A History of the Human Brain’

Podcast: ‘A History of the Human Brain’

Bret Stetka, Rich Fisher | 
Our guest on [Studio Tulsa] is Bret Stetka, an editorial director at Medscape.com, which is the professional division of WebMD.com ...
Message to social media 'prophets of doom' Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren't dangerous and are incredibly effective

Message to social media ‘prophets of doom’ Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren’t dangerous and are incredibly effective

Marilyn Quigley | 
It’s hard to ignore the wave of anti-vaccine videos circulating on social media. Curiosity makes us click, and we watch ...
Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Cory Clark | 
Victimhood is defined in negative terms: “the condition of having been hurt, damaged, or made to suffer.” Yet humans have ...
Fake memories: They can be implanted — but they can also be rooted out

Fake memories: They can be implanted — but they can also be rooted out

Brianna Abbott | 
[S]cientists used interviews to convince some study subjects they had undergone childhood events that didn’t happen to them, such as ...
Viewpoint: Do some of us carry ‘warrior genes’ that pry the door open to more violent behavior? Courts and scientists debate

Viewpoint: Do some of us carry ‘warrior genes’ that pry the door open to more violent behavior? Courts and scientists debate

Gene Robinson, Nita Farahany | 
Should a criminal defendant be allowed to argue that a specific gene rendered him unable to control his violent behavior? ...
Viewpoint: Psychology is more mythology than hard science

Viewpoint: Psychology is more mythology than hard science

Rami Gabriel | 
In our secular age, many people no longer turn to sacred books to understand who and what they are. Psychology ...
Regrowing brain tissue? With the help of gene therapy, stroke victims can recover motor function

Regrowing brain tissue? With the help of gene therapy, stroke victims can recover motor function

Most stroke victims don’t receive treatment fast enough to prevent brain damage, but scientists at the Ohio State University Wexner ...
‘Broken heart syndrome’: High stress, emotional situations can kill you

‘Broken heart syndrome’: High stress, emotional situations can kill you

[Takotsubo syndrome, or TTS,] is characterised by a sudden temporary weakening of the heart muscles that causes the left ventricle ...
Brain fog, fatigue and depression: Solving the mystery of Long Covid and what can be done about it

Brain fog, fatigue and depression: Solving the mystery of Long Covid and what can be done about it

Sam Moxon | 
COVID-19 entered my home a year ago today when my 16-year-old daughter Molly first developed the tell-tale cough. By March ...
Viewpoint: Why the effort to find a ‘biological basis’ for being transgender is misguided and unhelpful

Viewpoint: Why the effort to find a ‘biological basis’ for being transgender is misguided and unhelpful

Nat Mulkey | 
The search for a biological cause of transness—also known as “biological essentialism”—may be well-intentioned, but it is a dangerous path ...
Why do we find puppies more adorable than babies? The neuroscience of cuteness

Why do we find puppies more adorable than babies? The neuroscience of cuteness

Thomas Ling | 
[W]hat exactly happens in the brain when we gaze at a baby? And why do we respond the same way ...
Concussions may soon be diagnosable with a simple saliva test

Concussions may soon be diagnosable with a simple saliva test

Adam Kilgore | 
A team of scientists and doctors studied more than 150 rugby players at England’s highest level between 2017 and 2019, ...
Why do humans suffer from more diseases than other animals?

Why do humans suffer from more diseases than other animals?

Brad Bergan | 
[C]ompared to chimpanzees, what makes us special is apparently our outsized capacity for serious mental illnesses and weird facial shapes, ...
Psychedelic mushrooms in your future? Oregon edges closer to becoming first state to license therapeutic use

Psychedelic mushrooms in your future? Oregon edges closer to becoming first state to license therapeutic use

Ezra Klein | 
Oregon is about to become the first state in the country to try to build a support infrastructure through which ...
Exploring the mystery of consciousness: Is it everywhere in nature?

Exploring the mystery of consciousness: Is it everywhere in nature?

Christof Koch | 
Accounting for the nature of consciousness appears elusive, with many claiming that it cannot be defined at all, yet defining ...
Is psychedelic-assisted group therapy the wave of the future?

Is psychedelic-assisted group therapy the wave of the future?

Laura Cooper | 
Researchers are beginning to investigate psychedelic-assisted group therapy as a way to let patients connect more deeply, exploring the inner ...
Survival of the brainiacs: Controversial new thesis says humans evolved smarter to capture smaller prey

Survival of the brainiacs: Controversial new thesis says humans evolved smarter to capture smaller prey

Stephanie Pappas | 
As the largest animals on the landscape disappeared, the scientists propose, human brains had to grow to enable the hunting ...
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