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Chai and Why? Molecules that modulate your mood

Activity by Arnab Bhattacharya   |   added on Nov 22, 2011   |   India Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India

Chai and Why? is TIFR's twice-a-month science cafe. Prof. Vidita Vaidya looks at the variety of molecules that serve as messengers between neurons in the brain. Some of them including serotonin, norepinephrine, anandamide and dopamine are molecules that shape complex emotions like happiness, motivation, fear and love.

 

Molecules that modulate your mood
Chai and Why? (Science Cafe)

Prof. Vidita Vaidya
TIFR

The brain uses a variety of molecules that serve as messengers between neurons. Some of them including serotonin, norepinephrine, anandamide and dopamine are molecules that shape complex emotions like happiness, motivation, fear and love. These messengers orchestrate the function of brain circuits thus shaping emotional behaviors. Let's trace the journey that led to the understanding of the role of these messengers in regulating mood. I will also describe how neuroscience has now unveiled the influence of life experience on these molecules thus setting up a life-long dialogue between environment and mood regulating brain circuits.

About the speaker: Prof. Vidita Vaidya is a faculty member in the Dept of Biological Sciences at TIFR where she works on the neurobiology of mood and the role of stem cells in psychiatric disorders. She did her BSc at St Xavier's College in Mumbai and got her PhD at Yale in Neuroscience and hopped her
way back across the oceans via Oxford University and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. 
Topic: chemistry education, celebrating chemistry, seminars, educational materials Audience: students, general public, educators, teachers, post graduate students, women chemists, educational institutions, secondary school students, high schools, school children, secondary schools
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