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Emotion and Development Branch

Mood Brain & Development Unit (MBDU)

Mood is fascinating yet still poorly understood. What makes young people experience several weeks, months or even years of low mood? What brain mechanisms underlie anhedonia—the inability to anticipate or experience pleasure—which pervades the lives of young people with depression? Can brain mechanisms tell us something about the treatment of depression?

Led by Argyris Stringaris MD, PhD, MRCPsych, the newly-formed Mood Brain & Development Unit uses neuroimaging, epidemiological, and experimental therapeutic methods to try to answer these questions. Please see our Unit’s publications for more information.