Seeing with the eyes shut: Neural basis of enhanced imagery following ayahuasca ingestion

@article{deArajo2012SeeingWT,
  title={Seeing with the eyes shut: Neural basis of enhanced imagery following ayahuasca ingestion},
  author={Dr{\'a}ulio de Ara{\'u}jo and Sidarta Ribeiro and Guillermo A. Cecchi and Fabiana Mesquita Carvalho and Tiago A Sanchez and Joel Porf{\'i}rio Pinto and Bruno Spinosa de Martinis and Jos{\'e} Alexandre S. Crippa and Jaime E.C. Hallak and Ant{\^o}nio C. Santos},
  journal={Human Brain Mapping},
  year={2012},
  volume={33}
}
The hallucinogenic brew Ayahuasca, a rich source of serotonergic agonists and reuptake inhibitors, has been used for ages by Amazonian populations during religious ceremonies. Among all perceptual changes induced by Ayahuasca, the most remarkable are vivid “seeings.” During such seeings, users report potent imagery. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging during a closed‐eyes imagery task, we found that Ayahuasca produces a robust increase in the activation of several occipital, temporal… Expand
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