Author

Melissa Hoey

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Roberts, Thomas B.

Degree Name

B.S.Ed. (Bachelor of Science in Education)

Department

Department of Special and Early Education

Abstract

Schizophrenia and LSD have similarities not only in the neurotransmitters they activate specifically dopamine, serotonin, and glutamate; but, also, in hallucinations and psychosis. Because LSD use was criminalized in the 1960s, today limited research is being conducted on humans using LSD. If, in fact, LSD does "model psychosis", it should provide an understanding for the disorder schizophrenia; therefore, a research of existing literature was read and analyzed to see if this claim is true. Evidence found similarities in dopamine (D2) receptors, serotonin (5-HT 2A)receptors, and glutamate, but found differences in the types of hallucinations and psychosis LSD users and people with schizophrenia experience. In discussing the costs and benefits to conducting LSD research in humans, LSD should continue to be researched and further explored in animal models so one day it, again, can be used with humans.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

33 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

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Text

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