LSD May “Harmonize” Your Brain And Help Recover From Mental Illness

A study published in Scientific Reports says that lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) may be capable of “harmonizing” your brain and helping people recover from mental illness.

The study, led by Selen Atasoy from Pompeu Fabra University in Spain, used a mathematical method to analyze connectome-harmonic decomposition, brain activity induced by LSD.

Looking at fMRI data from 12 participants under the influence of LSD and a placebo, they used a unique brain imaging technique to see how LSD helps the brain essentially rewire itself, in turn possibly helping people recover from mental illness.

“We applied a new analysis, a harmonic decoding of fMRI data, which looks at neural activity in a new way; as a combination of harmonic waves in the brain that we call ‘connectome harmonics’,” Atasoy told PsyPost.


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