Psychology

Music helps hallucinogens heal minds, scientist finds

According to Kaelen’s findings, published in the journals Neuropsychopharmacology and Psychopharmacology, brain scans of 22 subjects showed that LSD reduced connectivity between the visual cortex and parahippocampus — between what someone sees, and that person’s memories and imagination. But add music to the mix, he said, and the connectivity between the two brain regions goes way up.

The patient was recounting to Dutch postdoctoral neuroscientist Mendel Kaelen how a specially selected playlist, piped through a set of headphones as the patient lay on a bed, had interacted with the dose of psilocybin. The man added that the music was saying to him, “It’s just going to be tough, and you know, you’re going through the grinder here, but you won’t be left in pieces.” The music helped the depression sufferer, said Kaelen, a researcher from London’s Imperial College

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Music helps hallucinogens heal minds, scientist finds
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