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Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken find out why the neurotransmitter serotonin is not simply the “happy chemical”.

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, asking what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. In this episode, they explore serotonin - a chemical involved in everything from sleep to bowel function, appetite to blood clotting.

Xand and Kimberley find out why serotonin’s reputation as the “happy chemical” is misleading, explore the interaction between serotonin and dopamine in sex drive, and hear about new approaches to treating depression using psychoactive drugs.

Producer: Dan Hardoon
Researcher: Emily Finch
Executive Producer: Kate Holland
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

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30 minutes

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Wed 9 Jun 2021 21:00

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  • Tue 8 Jun 2021 15:30
  • Wed 9 Jun 2021 21:00

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