Dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons regulate behavior on multiple timescales

Jeremiah Y. Cohen, Cooper D. Grossman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Most of the serotonin in the forebrain derives from axonal projections from dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons. We review electrophysiological studies of the activity of these neurons, focusing on serotonergic function across timescales. We discuss how these measurements help reconcile decades of work aimed at developing theories for serotonin's function in the brain. Finally, we propose a synthesis of multiple theories that casts serotonergic function as a modulator of stability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Behavioral Neuroscience
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameHandbook of Behavioral Neuroscience
ISSN (Print)1569-7339


  • Behavior
  • Dorsal raphe
  • Electrophysiology
  • Neuromodulator
  • Serotonergic neurons
  • Stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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