Author Eric W. Dolan


Eric is the founder, publisher, and editor of PsyPost.

Is happiness a mental disorder?

In a satirical proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder, Richard P. Bentall of the Liverpool University notes that it is a statistically abnormal psychological phenomenon that is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities.

Ecstasy alters women’s experience of sex

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as ecstasy, alters women’s experience of sexual behavior by reducing social inhibitions, enhancing sensory perceptions, and heightening feelings of empathy, according to a published study.

LSD accelerates Pavlovian learning in rabbits

Injections of the psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as LSD or acid, accelerates Pavlovian learning in rabbits by desensitizing certain neurotransmitter receptors, according to a published report. The study, which was lead by Anthony G. Romano of the Drexel University College of Medicine, demonstrated that LSD can enhance the acquisition of eyeblink conditioning by desensitizing specific serotonin receptors located in the dorsal hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with learning and memory.

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