Towards understanding the neurochemical basis of behavior: neural circuitries of reward and addiction

Esa Korpi's laboratory has focused on the neurobiology and neurochemistry of neuropsychiatric disorders, specializing in the long-term effects that GABAA receptor modifying drugs have on the dopamine neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA), and on other drugs that might counteract the effects of drugs of abuse. The current projects of the lab aim to elucidate the neural circuitry of the reward- and addiction-linked behaviors and to find new methods to modulate them.
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Doctoral candidate Lauri Elsilä visited the SKR Podcast in 2018, after having received a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation. In the podcast Lauri talks about psychedelics, supernatural, experiences and taboos together with cultural anthropologist Satumaarit Myllyniemi and the host, philosopher Olli Ahlroos. IN FINNISH.