my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak
with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and
if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt
them; they shall lay hands on the sick,
and they shall recover."
— Mark 16:17-18
King James Bible
Glossolalia, better known as "speaking-in-tongues," reduces activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, a region that is overactive in depression. Psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in "magic mushrooms," also alleviates depression and anxiety by reducing activity in the prefrontal cortex.
- Speaking in Tongues: Glossalalia and Stress Reduction (Dana Foundation)
- Entheogen Ethics: Psychology Study Explains Psychedelic Ethics: Awe, the Small Self, and Prosocial Behavior
Brain imaging with psilocybin
ABC: Imaging Glossolalia
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