Serotonin, depression and learning


The study of the serotonin system has been an important area of research, particularly in relation to depression and the administration of antidepressant drugs. We are interested in how changes in levels of serotonin affect psychological mechanisms, such as learning processes, which may contribute to and maintain depressive states.

Collaborators in this work include Robin Murphy, Catherine Harmer and Henry Chase.

See our new paper in the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory on how SSRI administration modulates behaviour in a depression specific manner with a knock on effect on perceived control, see Msetfi et al., 2016 (Open Access)

Robin Murphy presented some of this work on the effects of Depression and Escitalopram on Instrumental Learning at Neuroscience 2012.