PODCAST: Effects of MDMA on attention to positive social cues and pleasantness of affective touch

The recreational drug MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly, is particularly popular in social settings and raves, in large part because of how socially connected it makes the users feel. It's being studied for use in psychotherapy — there's a phase III clinical trial for the use of MDMA to treat PTSD. What's clear is that the drug affects how users experience social interactions. But there are questions: Does the drug make positive social interactions feel better, or reduce the negative feelings associated with negative social interactions?

Listen to Anya Bershad, MD, PhD discussing our recent research on the Neuropsychopharmacology BRAINPOD.