Saturday, September 17, 2016

MDMA with therapy kicks the sh*t out of PTSD

Can MDMA help cure trauma?

Alice’s recovery was astonishing. The gold-standard assessment tool for this kind of trauma is the clinician-administered PTSD scale, or Caps, which uses a lengthy questionnaire to determine the severity of a patient’s symptoms. Any score over 60 is “severe”. Alice’s score went from 106 to two. It’s now at zero. In other words, her PTSD is gone.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Meditator

No one cares about your mind blowing, life changing experiences.

... although extraordinary life experiences are exhilarating at the time, they may carry a social cost. Because when we normally chat with people, the authors contend, our conversations center on the things we have in common — movies we’ve seen, books we’ve read, people we know, places we’ve been. But uncommon experiences makes us at once “alien and enviable,” the authors write, which can leave us feeling left out. “At worst, people may be envious and resentful of those who have had an extraordinary experience, and at best, they may find themselves with little to talk about”

If an fMRI can do noting, so can you

MRI scanner sees emotions flickering across an idle mind

"It's getting to be a bit like mind-reading," said Kevin LaBar, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke. "Earlier studies have shown that functional MRI can identify whether a person is thinking about a face or a house. Our study is the first to show that specific emotions like fear and anger can be decoded from these scans as well."

Alternate title: Noting - Be your own mind reader.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Finders Course

Some previous posts have contained a few scraps of information about Jeffrey Martin's research into well-being and enlightenment and the Finders Course which attempts to deliver the goods:

I recently stumbled across a Finders Course website that seems to be looking for volunteers to participate in various meditation styles in conjunction with various forms of biofeedback including EEG, HRV (heart rate variability) and GSR (galvanic skin response).  Previously they charged a bit for their course, not sure if this possibly more research oriented project might be easier on the wallet.