Dr Vasileia Kotoula
Lecturer in Neuroscience and Psychology
- Imaging sciences
My research focuses on fast-acting antidepressants and their effects on key brain processes. Specifically, with the use of fMRI and sleep EEG, I aim to understand:
- The effects of ketamine on autobiographical memory recall
- How reward processing and anhedonia are targeted by fast-acting antidepressants
- The role of sleep in mediating ketamine's antidepressant response.
My key research interests also include decision making mechanisms in relation to neurodevelopmental disorders. I am involved in the design and development of the online research platform www.experiama.com which aims to make data collection simple, reliable and ease for researchers and volunteers. I am the Deputy Senior Tutor for the BSc Psychology and Neuroscience.
Please see my Research Staff Profile for more detail.
Find out more about my research:
- Kotoula et al., 2022. Ketamine modulates the neural correlates of reward processing in unmedicated patients in remission from depression. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.
- Kotoula et al., 2023. The use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in clinical trials and experimental research studies for depression. Frontiers in Neuroimaging.
- Burrows et al., 2023. Ketamine-induced changes in resting state connectivity, 2 h after the drug administration in patients with remitted depression. Journal of Psychopharmacology.
- Mantas et al., 2023. An experimental approach to training mood for resilience. Plos One.
- Mantas et al., 2023. Exploring Randomness in autism. Peer J
- Prof Mitul Mehta, King's College London, UK
- Dr Carlos Zarate, National Institute of Mental Health, USA
- Dr Argyrios Stringaris, University College London
- Dr Vasilios Mantas, Aiginition Hospital, Greece