Is Ecstasy An Empathogen? Determinants of Drug Preference in Humans
Investigators: Harriet de Wit PhD, Gillinder Bedi D.Psych, David Hyman
Funding: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Social neuroscience studies examined how MDMA affected identification of and response to facial emotional expressions, including imaging brain activity after viewing different emotions.
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