The psychedelic drug MDMA (3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine, commonly known as ecstasy), reopens a sort of window, or “critical period,” when the brain is sensitive to learning the reward value of social behaviors, Johns Hopkins neuroscientists have found. Their findings may explain why MDMA could be helpful in treating people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Critical periods were… Read more

A group of cells in the brain that are responsible when a frightening memory re-emerges unexpectedly has been found by neuroscientists at the University of Texas at Austin. The discovery could lead to new recommendations about when and how often certain therapies are deployed for the treatment of anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)… Read more

Contemplate how a person’s life would be changed by starting to hear or see things others can’t. Now imagine it could offer something good. A research team from Hull University and associated NHS trusts in the UK suggest that, among the tumult, hallucinations can also offer opportunities for growth. Writing in the Journal of Psychology… Read more

When intrusive negative memories pop into consciousness, turning attention to the contextual details of the incident rather than the emotional fallout could help minimize cognitive disruption and redirect the brain’s resources to the task at hand, a new study by psychologists at the University of Illinois suggests. “Everyone has encountered something distressing either in the… Read more