Laura Grima

Laura Grima

Experimental Psychology (2014 cohort)

My PhD is generously funded by a joint scholarship from the ESRC and St. John's College and the focus of my research is to investigate the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in goal-directed behaviours.

Dopamine has been found to have a role in reward processing, but more recent research has suggested that it is also implicated in the initiation of action and decision-making necessary to garner reward. Indeed, it is the depletion of dopamine that causes the constellation of symptoms seen in Parkinson's disease. By utilising a range of neuroscience methods, including fast-scan cyclic voltammetry and systemic and local pharmacology, in tandem with well-controlled behavioural paradigms, I am hoping to quantify the contribution of dopamine to such behaviours.

Before commencing my PhD, I studied for an MSc in Psychological Research at St. Hilda's College, University of Oxford. I also have an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London.

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