According to The Washington Post, new research at Imperial College London shows that subjects injected with the psychedelic drug psilocybin exhibit brain activity that resembles the dreaming state. The researchers found that psilocybin increases activity in parts of the brain associated with emotion, memory, and arousal. They found a corresponding decrease in the activity of brain networks associated with high-level cognition.

by Rachel Feltman

“In fact, a mind-altering compound found in some 200 species of mushroom is already being explored as a potential treatment for depression and anxiety. People who consume these mushrooms, after trips that can be a bit scary and unpleasant, report feeling more optimistic, less self-centered, and even happier for months after the fact.

“But why do these trips change the way people see the world? According to a study published today in Human Brain Mapping, the mushroom compounds could be unlocking brain states usually only experienced when we dream, changes in activity that could help unlock permanent shifts in perspective.”

Psychedelic mushrooms put your brain in a “waking dream,” study finds | The Washington Post

Link to original article | Human Brain Mapping