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

  title={Seeing with the eyes shut: Neural basis of enhanced imagery following ayahuasca ingestion},
  author={D. de Ara{\'u}jo and S. Ribeiro and G. Cecchi and F. Carvalho and T. A. Sanchez and J. P. Pinto and B. S. De Martinis and J. Crippa and J. E. C. Hallak and Antonio C. Santos},
  journal={Human Brain Mapping},
  • D. de Araújo, S. Ribeiro, +7 authors Antonio C. Santos
  • Published 2012
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Human Brain Mapping
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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