2016 - 19th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Contagious Depression: A social transmission hypothesis

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Hannah Samberg, Lake Forest College

Location

Library First Floor

Abstract

Developing a new hypothesis for the pathophysiological mechanism of depression is necessary to further understanding of the disease. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that depression is contagious. I predicted that naïve rats cross-housed with rats subjected to social defeat would develop depressive-like behaviors similar to their cage mates. In addition, BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) expression between the two groups should be parallel in brain areas implicated in depression. It is imperative to explore new avenues of research and strive to develop more effective and scientifically informed treatment options for those who suffer from depression.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-5-2016 2:30 PM

End Date

4-5-2016 3:45 PM

Panel

Trauma Studies of the Brain and Body

Panel Moderator

Siobhan Moroney

Field of Study for Presentation

Neuroscience

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Contagious Depression: A social transmission hypothesis

Library First Floor

Developing a new hypothesis for the pathophysiological mechanism of depression is necessary to further understanding of the disease. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that depression is contagious. I predicted that naïve rats cross-housed with rats subjected to social defeat would develop depressive-like behaviors similar to their cage mates. In addition, BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) expression between the two groups should be parallel in brain areas implicated in depression. It is imperative to explore new avenues of research and strive to develop more effective and scientifically informed treatment options for those who suffer from depression.