A surprising find by our departments' Peter van Ruitenbeek and Kim Kuypers! In their study, the presumed compensatory increases in neural activity in older adults did not "max out" at high task complexity levels, which contradicts the CRUNCH hypothesis. https://academic.oup.com/cercor/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cercor/bhac514/6966055?login=true
Decreases in State and Trait Anxiety Post-psilocybin: A Naturalistic, Observational Study Among Retreat Attendees
Historical and recent research suggests psychedelic drugs may be efficacious in alleviating anxiety-related symptoms among healthy and clinical populations. A recent study by our group investigated whether psilocybin-containing truffles, when taken in a supportive group setting, altered ratings of state and trait anxiety, and if these alterations were related to changes in neuroticism, mindfulness capacities,… Continue reading Decreases in State and Trait Anxiety Post-psilocybin: A Naturalistic, Observational Study Among Retreat Attendees
Multifaceted Research with Psychedelics @ Maastricht University
We conduct a large variety of studies, all aimed at better understanding psychedelic mechanisms of action, and their clinical applications. To get a glimpse at some of the different aspects of our research, check out the video from our recent symposium, where our PhD candidates share some of the work going on at our department.… Continue reading Multifaceted Research with Psychedelics @ Maastricht University
Cortisol reactivity impairs suppression-induced forgetting.
Suppressing thoughts of an unwanted memory can lead us to forget about it. This can be beneficial for our mental health by allowing us to let go of negative memories and avoid revisiting certain events that we would rather not think about. Stress related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can cause an impairment… Continue reading Cortisol reactivity impairs suppression-induced forgetting.
Dopaminergic and noradrenergic modulation of stress-induced alterations in brain activation associated with goal-directed behaviour
Getting a glass of water when you’re thirsty or having a snack when you’re hungry is called goal-directed behaviour. However, when you repeat that behaviour many times the sight of water or a snack may be sufficient to eat and drink. Behaviour is then no longer driven by the goal to alleviate the hunger and/or… Continue reading Dopaminergic and noradrenergic modulation of stress-induced alterations in brain activation associated with goal-directed behaviour