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A pair of Canadian researchers have just completed a study comparing people who microdose—the act of taking very small quantities of psychedelic drugs such as LSD or magic mushrooms—with those who don’t.
They found that microdosers scored higher on key measures of mental health and well-being.
The researchers – Thomas Anderson of the University of Toronto and Rotem Petranker of the University of York – found that microdosers scored higher on measures of wisdom open-mindedness and creativity – while scoring lower on negative traits such as dysfunctional attitudes and negative emotionality.
The pair pronounced their initial results as ‘very promising’.
But how do you measure wisdom or creativity or negative thinking?
In this case the researchers defined wisdom as implying considering multiple perspectives – learning from mistakes – being in tune with emotions and other people and feeling a sense of connection.
By these measures microdosers are wiser.
Similarly the researchers used a well-validated measure of divergent thinking to measure creativity.
In this exercise subjects were given two common household items—a brick and a knife—and told to find unusual uses for them.
Microdosers did better at this task – coming up with more unusual – useful and unique uses for the odd couple of objects than non-dosers.