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Sunday January 31st, 2021 morning edition

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The psychedelic state induced by LSD appears to weaken the association between anatomical brain structure and functional connectivity, according to new research published in the journal NeuroImage.

The study also provides evidence that LSD increases the complexity of segregated brain states.

The findings provide new insights into the relationship between brain function and consciousness.

But we think that a complementary way to obtain insights is to study states of altered consciousness, such as the psychedelic state induced by LSD.”.

Luppi and his colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the structural and functional brain connectivity of 15 healthy volunteers during two separate sessions.

Our research shows that under the effects of LSD, this relationship becomes weaker: function is less constrained by structure.

In addition, these changes in brain integration and segregation fluctuated over time, and these fluctuations were associated with subjective experiences. »

New Zealand Prime Minister Says Borders Will Remain Closed to Tourists Until Citizens Are Vaccinated

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"New Zealand will only truly feel like it returns to normal when there is a certain level of normality in the rest of the world too," Ardern said.

The thought that the island nation will remain closed off for the bulk of 2021 was jarring, but Ardern explained it with scientific-backed reasoning.

"We know there are a large number of countries that are in much more dire situations than New Zealand," she said in her video. »

Explaining to your child why behavior is wrong may not always work

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The findings indicate both positive and negative outcomes that could have lasting consequences on children’s emotional development.

Verbal reasoning was associated with higher levels of getting along with others, but also with increased aggression and higher levels of distraction.

Surprisingly, verbal reasoning also increased aggression, likely in cases when the parents used harsh tones and language, the study suggested. »

Biden starts staffing a commission on Supreme Court reform

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The Biden administration is moving forward with the creation of a bipartisan commission to study reforms to the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary.

“He will also be an influential figure within the Supreme Court building,” Goldsmith wrote in 2018 about Kavanaugh in a Time article titled, “Brett Kavanaugh Will Right the Course of the Supreme Court.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday he was waiting for Biden’s commission to decide a path forward on reforms to the Supreme Court. »