This is what happens to a shy octopus on ecstasy

They add that the octopuses may rely on common pathways to behave socially at certain times, such as during mating season.

Four male and female octopuses were exposed to MDMA by putting them into a beaker containing a liquefied version of the drug, which is absorbed by the octopuses through their gills.

But was it possible that the relatively asocial octopuses actually might show a behavioral response to MDMA similar to people?

For the study, researchers placed octopuses into a special aquarium with individual chambers separated by mesh walls.

American biologists have found that species of the California two spotted octopus react to ecstasy is exactly the same as the people become more social.

Octopuses, which are often reclusive in nature, are separated from humans by 500 million years of evolution.

While dramatically different in structure, after sequencing the genome of the California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculoides) previous year, researchers found that octopuses and humans are encoded to produce a protein that binds the neurotransmitter serotonin to brain cells in a very similar manner. They ignored or avoided contact with the other octopus and just kind of sat around being all squishy and stuff. Whether that demonstrates an increase in something like love or affection for each other, though, is still up for debate. So she and a colleague named Eric Edsinger gave the drug to octopuses to see if it would make the animals more social.

The study was led by Gül Dölen, assistant professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who explained that the brains of these octopuses are more similar to snails than to humans but the behavioural reactions noted are similar to humans.

Other researchers have raised questions about the study's methodology, however.

The researcher then moved the octopuses to a tank that had three different rooms to choose from.

Writing in the journal Current Biology, researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. say the drug affected the creatures in a similar way to humans. "They looked like they were freaked out", says Dolen.

"It just shows us how much we don't know and how much there is out there to understand". So they weren't super-social, but they were more social than they had previously been thought.

The post Scientists Give MDMA to Octopuses & Get "Unbelievable" Results appeared first on EDMTunes. The other octopus was allowed to roam freely. When "high", the octopuses went straight to the caged solitary male.

Enter other species. There is a long, and sometimes dubious, history of scientists dosing animals with psychoactive drugs. When it comes to the furry character from Star Wars, it seems that the octopuses only spent some time with Chewbacca throughout the control test, when they were not on drugs.

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