Patients tend to have a stronger brain response to music the day after receiving psilocybin-assisted therapy, according to new research published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The stronger response to music was related to how intense the psychedelic experience felt during the therapy. The new findings provide some of the first scientific insights into the potential effects of psychedelic therapy on neural responses to music.
Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic substance found in certain species of “magic” mushrooms. Psilocybin-assisted therapy involves the use of the substance in a controlled therapeutic setting to treat various mental health conditions.
“Psychedelic therapy for depression is a promising new treatment option and seems to be very effective, but we don’t have much information about exactly how it works,” explained study author Matt Wall, the head of MRI Applications at Invicro London and honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College London.
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