Publications from our Researchers

Several of our current PhD candidates and fellow researchers at the Data Science Institute have published, or in the proccess of publishing, papers to present their research.  


BibTex format

author = {Herzog, R and Mediano, PAM and Rosas, FE and Carhart-Harris, R and Perl, YS and Tagliazucchi, E and Cofre, R},
doi = {10.1038/s41598-020-74060-6},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
title = {A mechanistic model of the neural entropy increase elicited by psychedelic drugs},
url = {},
volume = {10},
year = {2020}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Psychedelic drugs, including lysergic acid diethylamide and other agonists of the serotonin 2A receptor (5HT2A-R), induce drastic changes in subjective experience, and provide a unique opportunity to study the neurobiological basis of consciousness. One of the most notable neurophysiological signatures of psychedelics, increased entropy in spontaneous neural activity, is thought to be of relevance to the psychedelic experience, mediating both acute alterations in consciousness and long-term effects. However, no clear mechanistic explanation for this entropy increase has been put forward so far. We sought to do this here by building upon a recent whole-brain model of serotonergic neuromodulation, to study the entropic effects of 5HT2A-R activation. Our results reproduce the overall entropy increase observed in previous experiments in vivo, providing the first model-based explanation for this phenomenon. We also found that entropy changes were not uniform across the brain: entropy increased in some regions and decreased in others, suggesting a topographical reconfiguration mediated by 5HT2A-R activation. Interestingly, at the whole-brain level, this reconfiguration was not well explained by 5HT2A-R density, but related closely to the topological properties of the brain's anatomical connectivity. These results help us understand the mechanisms underlying the psychedelic state and, more generally, the pharmacological modulation of whole-brain activity.
AU - Herzog,R
AU - Mediano,PAM
AU - Rosas,FE
AU - Carhart-Harris,R
AU - Perl,YS
AU - Tagliazucchi,E
AU - Cofre,R
DO - 10.1038/s41598-020-74060-6
PY - 2020///
SN - 2045-2322
TI - A mechanistic model of the neural entropy increase elicited by psychedelic drugs
T2 - Scientific Reports
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VL - 10
ER -