Event Details

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 - Wednesday, 24 February 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
QBI Level 7 Auditorium
UQ Location:
Queensland Brain Institute (St Lucia)
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Event Contact

Ms Deirdre Wilson
3346 6300
Org. Unit:
Queensland Brain Institute

Event Description

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Dr Kenneth T Kishida, Human Neuroimaging Laboratory & Computational Psychiatry Unit, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Roanoke, VA24016, USA

Title: Measurements of dopamine and serotonin release with sub-second temporal resolution in humans: Implications for understanding mechanisms underlying human decision-making, cognition, and mental illness


Dopamine and serotonin are critical neuromodulators whose actions underlie learning, decision-making, and behavioral control. Degeneration of dopamine neurons underlies the progression of Parkinsonís disease; and disruptions in serotonin and dopamine signaling are believed to underlie many psychiatric conditions. We have recently published the worldís first sub-second measurements of dopamine release in humans. These measurements were made while participants (patients undergoing deep-brain stimulation implantation surgery for Parkinsonís disease) played a monetarily incentivized decision-making game. I will discuss our groupís recent technological achievements, which now (1) extend this technology to simultaneously measure dopamine and serotonin during active decision-making and (2) begin to provide real-time data about the roles these signals play during adaptive behavior in humans.

Directions to UQ

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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