Study: Psilocybin Creates Hyper-connected Brain


by Amber Lyon

on October 31, 2014

New psilocybin research was published earlier this week in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.  Researchers at Imperial College London gave healthy participants a single dose of psilocybin (one of the psychedelic compounds found in “magic mushrooms”), and then looked at their brains using fMRI imaging.  What they found is truly remarkable.

In a normal brain state, there is very little cross-linking of brain regions, but when given psilocybin, subjects temporarily experienced a surge of new links across brain regions that are normally disconnected.  This research gives credence to the term “consciousness expanding”, as psilocybin literally causes brain regions that are normally disconnected to communicate.

A common theme among people who have tried “magic mushrooms” is that they experience: great realizations, insights, see situations from a different perspective, think differently, think clearer than they ever have before, and also experience synesthesia.  This research gives a scientific explanation for these common effects of psilocybin.

Click here to read the study: Homological scaffolds of brain functional networks