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MDMA as a Probe and Treatment for Social Behaviors

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Abstract

MDMA, better known as the recreational drug “ecstasy,” is well known for stimulating a feeling of closeness and empathy in its users. We advocate that exploring its mechanism of action could lead to new treatments for psychiatric conditions characterized by impairments in social behavior.

Heifets, B. D., & Malenka, R. C. (2016). MDMA as a Probe and Treatment for Social Behaviors. Cell, 166(2), 269-272. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2016.06.045
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