Homological scaffolds of brain functional networks: a research paper explains how psilocybin change the way brain behaves
Magic mushrooms change the way the brain behaves. A new scientific research published on Journal of The Royal Society Interface and co-authored by ISI Research Leader Francesco Vaccarino and ISI Researcher Giovanni Petri suggests that psilocybin – the main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms – sprouts new functional links across previously disconnected brain regions, temporarily altering the brain’s entire organizational framework.
Researchers analyzed and compared fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) data from patients who’d taken psilocybin and from patients given a placebo, working on a new technique for network modeling designed to highlight small but unusual patterns in network connectivity. Results published on Homological scaffolds and brain functional networks revealed that psilocybin causes a different cross-brain activity.
The research is part of a larger effort to understand how psychedelic drugs work, how they cause experiences of synaesthesia and how they could be used by psychiatrists to treat conditions as depression. Published 29 October 2014, the paper has already received a strong international media coverage, including:

 

Published on Friday October 31st, 2014 - 6:22 pm