This study was published in April 2016 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal.
Study title: Using fMRI and MEG to investigate the effect of LSD on brain activity in healthy hallucinogen-experienced volunteers.
Single blind placebo-controlled study.
This study will use functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) to study the effects of LSD on brain activity. It is important to determine how LSD works in the brain as it is known to produce interesting changes in consciousness. Some people claim that an experience with LSD can be the most profound of their whole lives. There is also some evidence that LSD can be beneficial in the treatment of addictions. Thus, discovering how LSD changes brain activity to produce such states will significantly inform our understanding of the neurobiology of consciousness and may also lead to new therapeutic interventions for major mental illnesses.
Professor David Nutt and Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, Imperial College London, Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology.