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Study suggests cannabis can induce a psychedelic-like “oceanic” experience

Psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin and LSD can induce an experience known as oceanic boundlessness, which is characterized by a feeling of oneness with the world and a sense of awe. New research, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, provides some preliminary evidence that high doses of cannabis can also produce this type of altered […]…

Intelligence and emotional competence appear to have little influence on our first impression of potential dating partners

A person’s objectively measured intelligence, creativity, and emotional competence is not a strong predictor of how desirable they seen are as a romantic partner, according to a new study published in the Journal of Research in Personality. Subjective perceptions of these traits, however, do appear to influence initial attraction — or as the researchers say, […]…

New study suggests people turned to music to cope with psychological and emotional challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic

A study published in Psychology of Music suggests that people adjusted their music listening habits as a way of coping with the COVID-19 crisis. Israeli survey respondents reported that they increased their music listening during the initial lockdown and that they used music to help them cope with emotional challenges during the pandemic. Psychology researchers […]…

Psilocybin appears to alter how the brain integrates tactile sensory inputs

A new double-blind, placebo-controlled neuroimaging study sheds light on how psilocybin alters the way in which the brain processes tactile sensations and mental representations of one’s body. The findings have been published in Cerebral Cortex. Psilocybin, the active component in so-called “magic” mushrooms, exerts its psychological effects primarily via the serotonin 2A receptor (5-HT2A) and […]…