2007/2008

Giovanni Frazzetto , Ph.D.

Molecular Biology

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Monterotondo

BIOS Centre, London School of Economcis

Born in 1977 in Ragusa, Italy
Studied Molecular Biology at the University College London and at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Monterotondo


Project

Behavioural Neuroscience, Psychotropic Drugs and Enhancement

My research focuses on behavioural genetics and behavioural neuroscience. I am seeking to reveal gene-environment interactions underlying psychopathology, with special attention to anxiety-related behaviour.
A dynamic feedback loop exists between research in behavioural genetics and a medicalising society. On one hand medicalisation fuels genetics with novel objects for investigation by increasing the number of non-pathological behavioural traits that are being brought under its scrutiny. On the other, ongoing behavioural genetic research reinforces the growing power of the medical gaze. The advent of pharmacological therapies to treat disorders with ambiguous diagnostic criteria and/or individuals without appropriate diagnoses or with mild symptoms has further accelerated the trend toward medicalisation and has raised ethical concerns about whether psychotropic drugs are being employed for treatment of a legitimate disorder or as enhancement of normal functioning.
My project will be dedicated to the study of medicalisation of anxiety in contemporary society and to the ethical and sociological analysis of the escalating consumption of psychotropic drugs to treat it and the relevant enhancement debate. In this context, special attention will be given to the ethics of "authenticity" as revealed by narratives of identity and self-fulfilment in individuals consuming psychotropic drugs.

Recommended Reading

Carola, V., G. Frazzetto, and C. Gross. "Identifying interactions between genes and early environment in the mouse." Genes, Brain and Behaviour 5 (2006): 189-199.
Frazzetto, G. and C. Gross. "Behavioural genetics: Beyond susceptibility." EMBOreports on Genes, Brain/Mind and Behaviour (special issue), in press for July 2007.


Publications from the Fellows' Library

Frazzetto, Giovanni ( London, 20142013)
How we feel : what neuroscience can and can't tell us about our emotions

Frazzetto, Giovanni ( London, 2017)
Together, closer : stories of intimacy in friendship, love and family

Frazzetto, Giovanni ( New York, 2017)
Together, closer : the art and science of intimacy in friendship, love, and family

Frazzetto, Giovanni ( London [u.a.], 2013)
How we feel : what neuroscience can and can't tell us about our emotions