MDMA is the main ingredient in ecstasy, and it’s a known fact that it makes people more likely to cooperate.
Yesterday, researchers said that MDMA makes people more cooperative but only with other trustworthy individuals.
Despite the fact that MDMA is classed as a Cass A drug in Britain, it’s usually consumed at a broad level due to its heightened sense of energy, pleasure, and empathy.
It includes neurotransmitters which are liked to mood and behavior, but scientists did not know too much about how these affect social interaction.
Researchers at King’s College London studied 20 healthy adult men who received a typical recreational dose of MDMA or a placebo. Then, they were asked to complete some tasks while images of their brain activity were taken with an MRI scanner.
The team found out that the individuals who were given MDMA were more willing to cooperate compared to the ones who were given a placebo.
But, the interesting this is that they only became more cooperative with the individuals whom they were pre3ceiving as being trustworthy.
“We thought MDMA might make you think that other people are more trustworthy. And we were wrong,” said Mitul Mehta, from King’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience.
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“Actually, it didn’t change one bit what you thought of the other person, but it did change your behavior towards them,” Mehta said.
Overall, MDMA did not make participants naïve. For the very first time, a study showed that MDMA is not having a global effect on brain behavior, but it’shaving a specific effect that was called by the researchers “Useful”.
They believe that this could help patients with psychiatric disorders who have problems with social behavior. This leads to a renewed interest in MDMA and hoe it can affect the brain.
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