Molecules that modulate your mood
Chai and Why?
Prof. Vidita Vaidya
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.