About meEating is so much more about mind than digestion. It is about what we know, how we make choices and decisions, our attitidues, problem solving and planning abilities, social influence, habits, memories, goals, motivation. And yes, also about hormones, neurotransmitters, microbiome and other wonderful things. And all of that happens before you take every bite or sip.
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Early autumn is a great time to talk about mushrooms.
This study was performed with the help of mice (thank you, again, even if you did not ask for it - hopefully this one was beneficial). One dose of psilocybin has increased the density and size of the dendritic spines due to their increased growth. The effect was rapid, visible after 24 hours after the effect, and still significant after one month. Other results indicate that this effect decreased stress induced behavior deficit (or "cured" the learned helplessness) and increased the excitatory neural signals - probably newly formed nerve connections allowed to form and express new behaviors.
Just in case - psilocybin is a known hallucinogenic substance, usually produced from mushrooms, but little researched because it carries a stigma of being a drug.
No, I still do not encourage you to take on individual experimenting with mushrooms, but scientific research would be so awesome!
My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to know more about psychology, neuroscience and mushrooms!
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The following will not be an invitation or encouragement to use psychoactive substances. I thought I should start with that, before somebody has an impulsive thought... ;)
The researchers used functional magnetic resonance to investigate what effects LSD (a popular hallucinogenic) has on the brain activity. In normal state brain relies on the structural connections to perform the usual functions - that is form corresponds to the action. While in drug induced state, this relationship was not relied upon anymore, and brain was "free" to "find" new pathways for the sane functions. In another paper I found an excellent metaphor - it compares impact of LSD to a coat of fresh snow that hides all the pathways in the field, so one can go literally anywhere. One of the interesting effects is an "ego dissolution" (diminishing of the self concept) - which also sounds similar to being covered in a coat of snow.
From my standpoint it is a really interesting discovery for treatment of traumatic experiences, also when thinking of changing very deeply rooted habits - here I definitely mean things like addictions, not like constantly forgetting the keys. I am keenly looking forward to development of this research area.
My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to explore more of the psychology!
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