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The neuroscientific study of hallucinogens

The neuroscientific study of hallucinogens
Recently, an important and landmark paper was published in PLoS ONE (hooray open access!) titled, "Investigating the Mechanisms of Hallucinogen-Induced Visions Using 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA): A Randomized Controlled Trial in Humans". It sounds daunting, but trust me, it's a very cool, approachable study. Now, in the spirit of full-disclosure, the lead author Dr. Matthew Baggott (hereafter referred to as "Matt"), is a friend of mine from grad school and he's been kind enough to grant me a very thorough interview for this post. At the bottom of this post you will also find an hour-long YouTube interview with Matt about his research as part of "Dr. That said, my real-life association with Matt is not biasing my opening statement; his paper is truly landmark for many reasons. [T]here is a staggering diversity of hallucinogens out there: hundreds of compounds, each affecting different combinations of binding sites in the brain. I think you hit the nail on the head. Related:  color sound researchNew tech. and studies done

Rubin Museum of Art:Brainwave 2010 If you are only now catching up with Brainwave, or you want to revisit some of the best of the last seven years, this ten-episode DVD is available at the museum’s Shop or online at What happens in our brains when we attempt to overcome adversity, survive tests of endurance and stay focused under pressure? This is the subject of the seventh annual Brainwave, a series of on-stage conversations, films and experiences. Tickets Brainwave programs tend to sell out, so advance purchase is strongly recommended. To receive updates, join the Brainwave mailing list: sign up here. Leading Sponsor Featured Events Buy Tickets TALK | Friday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.The Yoga TeacherElena Brower + Kenneth Perrine$20 | Learn More Buy Tickets TALK | Friday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. Buy Tickets TALK | Friday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. Recent Events TALK | Monday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. TALK | Saturday, January 11, 6:00 p.m. TALK | Friday, January 31, 7:00 p.m. Film Past Conversations

Understanding Why Pornography Addiction is a Brain Disease “One ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them. One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them. In the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie.” -J.R.R. Until the general public becomes more informed about the reality of how pornography impacts the human brain it will continue to be looked upon as a moral weakness or a form of mere entertainment. Pornography addiction is the most difficult addiction to treat because it hits at the very core of our humanity. Throughout my professional carrier I have spent countless hours treating those with chemical dependency addictions such as with alcohol, heroin/opiates, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana etc. Our brains are made up of tiny chemicals called neurotransmitters. The physical/chemical brain has a tremendous capacity to gain control of the mind. In essence, the only difference between a heroin or cocaine addict is the way the drug enters the system. “I am sick to my core by virtue of my indulgence in pornography.

Le webinet des curiosités Create Digital Motion » Code as Art: Generative Visual Inspirati Generative works from Keith Peters, on his new Art from Code site. As code literacy improves and coding tools like Processing and Flash make it easier to produce stunning visual results, the line between the coder/hacker and digital artist, and more conventional artists, is blurring fast. The next trend: networks and blogs on which people share not just their work, but the code behind it. The Flash Virtuoso, and Galleries vs. Keith Peters, aka BIT-101, has been instrumental in the Flash community in advocating digital art and animation. I owe a huge debt to Keith, as I got into generative coding entirely through his books, before later going on to discover Processing. Interestingly, the relationship between code and art is an imperfect one. Keith writes on his blog: I want this site to be more about the images than an open source code repository. Also, interestingly, Keith notes he often works with code directly on the timeline — something that’s not possible in Processing. OpenCode

A Neuroscientist Explains How Meditation Changes Your Brain Do you struggle, like me, with monkey-mind? Is your brain also a little unsettled, restless, capricious, whimsical, fanciful, inconstant, confused, indecisive, or uncontrollable? That’s the definition of “monkey mind” I’ve been given! If you need more motivation to take up this transformative practice, neuroscience research has shown that meditation and mindfulness training can cause neuroplastic changes to the gray matter of your brain. Sara Lazar, Ph.D., the study’s senior author, said in a press release, “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day.” To test their idea the neuroscientists enrolled 16 people in an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course. Britta Hölzel, the lead author on the paper says, Sarah Lazar also noted, Credits: **This was originally featured on MindBodyGreen.

Sculpture - News January 30 A new multi-part, multi-material thing: And the pieces are like this: Like the Tetrabox piece last month, which went well and is now in stock, this one is held together with rare-earth magnets and improved with glow-in-the-dark glass. December 24 Thanks again for a great holiday season! And since I just realized I didn't announce it here, for completeness: Behold the Glow Cuttlefish Bottle Opener. December 10 This year's factory seconds sale is on. Update: Well, that lasted about two days. December 2 Why so serious? WhaleSnail In other news, I set up gift certificates through Paypal: December 2 Christmas Shipping When to order to be reasonably sure your package will arrive on time. Our last shipping day before Christmas is Monday the 23rd (cutoff at noon Eastern time!) Best wishes for a great holiday season! October 22 I made a sculpture that comes in four pieces and assembles to make sort of a box. I don't have stock of this yet – just my proof – but I've ordered parts for more. August 26

Security Cameras, Surveillance Cameras, Outdoor Wireless Camera 3D , illusions etc.. Zydonia Beach Released onto the world at Christmas 2003, Zydonia Beach was an 'update' of the old Rororer Island series. It was created with the fantastic ArtGem paint package, over a period of about 6 months. The original size of the picture was a massive 1900*1400 pixels, so I've cut it down for web viewing. If you click the picture, you can see the massive 1900*1400 PNG version. 800*600 JPEG - 56k 1900*1400 PNG - 1807k Tube Complex An unusual collection of 'into-the-screen' tunnel shaped renders. Greatest Optical Illusions Some of the best illusions you'll ever see, and completely unique to this site. 3D Gallery Everything 3D is contained here. Fractal Mountains See these and a stack more original designs created with VistaPro. Animations A variety of humorous, weird and wacky animations created with various programs on the Amiga. Other gallery sites on the world wide web:Steve Roberts gallery.A collection of cool fantasy style pictures. Back to top Skytopia home > Picture Gallery

Grammatika by Troy A Peterson We're making an app, 3 videos and a poster that will help you turn your guitar, bass, piano or ukelele into a musical light saber by connecting it to the Force. Well, the Circle of Fifths and Nashville #'s. You'll still need a music teacher to become a Jedi but the app, vids and poster are guaranteed to raise your musiclorean levels. By backing this Kickstarter you'll help cover the costs for: Video 1 How to Play the Grammatika/Music Theory in Plain English 1. Video 2 Turn plain English into Musical Nomenclature 1. Video 3 1. The app itself combines the Circle of Fifths and Scale Scale Degrees and creates and a fingering chart that will turn your instrument into a light saber.

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