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Breaking the Code of Cathecolamines - the Behavioral Neuroscience of Adrenaline, Noradrenaline, and Dopamine

Aristea Kyriaki Ladas

University of Sheffield


Pharmacological Stimulation Urine/Blood Measurement Location Synthesis Learning Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Control Motivation Sex Dopamine Cognitive Mechanisms of Addiction Reward Movement Cognitive Mood Disorders

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The discovery of dopamine in 1957 has dramatically influenced the field of neurosciences and has sparkled the interest of scientists ever since. Extensive research on cathecolamines, with dopamine in focus, has informed treatments for severe neurological and psychological disorders, by revealing the neurochemical mechanisms behind these disorders. Fascinating discoveries on the function of dopamine have shown its crucial role in a wide range of behaviors, from motivation to eat and drink to complex cognitive functions such as attention and cognitive control, as well as to complex behavioral phenomena and pathology like addiction and schizophrenic disorders. This book presents and critically discusses the state-of-the-art research in the dynamically evolving field on cathecolamines and their effects on health and pathology from a behavioral neuroscience perspective. Although it focuses on the cognitive behavioral effects of cathecolamines, attention is also paid to the neurochemical anatomy and function of adrenaline, noradrenaline and dopamine as it is their biofunction that elucidates their behavioral effects. As such, it will be of particular interest to researchers, scholars and students alike from the neurosciences field.

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Aristea Kyriaki Ladas

University of Sheffield

Dr. Ladas completed her PhD in 2013 which was awarded by the University of Sheffield. Her topic was neuroplasticity and specifically the phenomenon of bilingualism and its effects on attention processes throughout the lifespan. She was a a scientific coordinator in the Long Lasting Memories project (European Commission) , investigating neuroplasticity in older individuals' brain, as well as a researcher in other projects funded by the European Commission. She has also collaborated with the Spanish University of Almeria, as a researcher. Currently, she is a Honorary Lecturer at City College, the International Faculty of Sheffield University and a research associate of SEERC. She is also a research member of the ReA2ch research group of the Psychology Department of City College, the International Faculty of Sheffield University. Moreover, she has worked with children with autism and learning difficulties . She is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) as well as a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter. Her research interests are Neuroplasticity (e.g. the cognitive and neurochemical effects of bilingualism; cognitive training effects in the brain), phenomena that influence attention (e.g. dementia, religion, bilingualism, drug use), the neurochemistry and early diagnosis of dementia through dopamine function, cognitive aging, drug addiction from a neuroplasticity perspective (rehabilitation, relapse, the role of dopamine), Eye Blink Rates as a measure of dopamine function.

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