brain chemistry and mystical experiences

Douglas Fitts dfitts at
Sun Oct 10 21:26:56 EST 1993

ST201334 at BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU (Kerregador) writes:

>     Todd Stark mentioned something about Kandel's work on learning
>pathways in Aplysia Californica.  If memory serves me, I believe
>the specific transmitter he found to be involved was serotonin,
>released from axo-axonic synapses.  Hmmm.  Coincidentally or not,
>this has been the transmitter most frequently associated with
>mystical experiences in humans...

A problem here -- Aplysia serotonin finds happiness in a completely 
different receptor from the 5-HT in you and me.

Doug Fitts
dfitts at u.wasnington.eduy

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