Two Layers of the Mind: Serotonergic Function, and What Impulsive Aggression and Depression Have in Common

Monday, March 09, 2009

Charles S. Carver

University of Miami

A family of theories has arisen in psychology that assumes two simultaneous modes of processing experience, one more basic and reactive, the other more linear and planful. There is evidence that the balance of control between these modes is influenced by level of serotonergic funtion. Low serotonergic function has been implicated both in impulsive agression and in depression. This presentation will address commonalities and differences between these classes of phenomena.


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