A single dose of psilocybin enhances creative thinking and empathy up to seven days after use, study finds.
New research provides more evidence that psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, can improve creative thinking, empathy, and subjective well-being.
“The focus of such investigations has been on psychedelics capacity to reduce symptoms of these disorders, thereby improving mood and well-being.
“Examples of processes that have been found to be decreased in these pathologies include creative, flexible thinking and empathy.
Thus we wanted to assess whether psilocybin enhanced these processes, and if so, how long effects lasted,” Mason explained.
“Furthermore, we wanted to see whether enhancement in creativity and/or empathy correlated with participants ratings of subjective well-being.
The study, “Sub-Acute Effects of Psilocybin on Empathy, Creative Thinking, and Subjective Well-Being“, was authored by Natasha L. Mason, Elisabeth Mischler, Malin V. Uthaug, and Kim P. C. Kuypers. »