Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The litmus test of the language

Are you Lucy in the sky with diamonds? Or Luke is in the ground covered with Earth? Is probably thinking: "Dark very fast, this is a bad acid trip?" Not really. It's how our brain processes language under the influence of LSD. And I'm sure that isn't how to get bowls of ice cream, but rather how to merge different flavors of ice cream to make it easier to try them all at the same time. Sounds great, right?
It is no secret that artists and writers in particular used LSD to unleash their creativity. The Beat generation authors used to experiment with acid and used the language to describe what was happening in their minds.
In a recent study published in Language, Cognition and Neuroscience (language, cognition and neuroscience), David Mutt, Professor of Psychopharmacology at Imperial College of London, conducted a study that investigates the relationship between the LSD and the language. In the study, ten participants met on two different occasions. The first time, was given to each participant a dose of LSD, and during the second visit, were given a placebo. "The results showed that while the LSD does not affect reaction times, persons under the influence of LSD made more mistakes that were similar in meaning to the images that were," said the lead author, Dr. Nefarious Family. For example, participants who were under the effects of the substance were more likely to say "bus" or "train" when they saw the image of a car, as opposed to the participants who had taken the placebo. These types of lexical associations show us how LSD affects the semantic networks in the brain and how to create a sort of effect "Thesaurus".
In other words, to see an image of a cat, you might think in the words . If he had taken LSD, and sees the same image could go beyond thinking about "skins" or "Tiger" or "grumpy Jack," to follow the culture of memes. "The effects of LSD on the language can give rise to a set of associations cascading that allow faster access to more distant concepts stored in mind", said Family. This implies that LSD can in fact "expand your mind", and may even be a useful tool to reach the hidden depths of the mind (think of psychoanalysis) to expand the flexibility and cognition, which in turn could have implications very important in the treatment of amnesia and other memory-related disorders.
But before you dig deeper into this topic, and begin to imagine Mandarin trees and skies of jam, or the girl with Kaleidoscope eyes, remember that you can always count on our team of expert translators to provide translations of first level.