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Pyschology Colloquium next Friday: Larry Young on the Neurobiology of Social Bonding

The Department of Psychology presents a colloquium, sponsored by the Center for Development and Behavioral Neuroscience, to be held next Friday, October 29, at 4:00 PM in Lecture Hall 2. Larry J. Young, William P. Timmie Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, will present a talk titled “Molecular Neurobiology of Social Bonding: Implications for Autism Spectrum Disorders”.

Here’s the abstract:

Social relationships are at the core of every healthy society and the quality of early social attachments contributes to emotional and social development. I will discuss the neurobiological mechanisms underlying social attachment and bonding. The highly social and monogamous prairie vole is an ideal animal model for investigating the biological mechanisms of social attachment and bonding. Studies in voles have revealed that the neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin promote social bonding. Furthermore, variation in the oxytocin and vasopressin systems contributes to diversity in social behavior both across species and within populations. I will discuss the genetic mechanisms giving rise to diversity in social organization in voles. Finally I will discuss parallels between these studies in voles and recent studies in humans which suggest that these mechanisms are highly conserved from rodent to man. These observations have important implications for psychiatric disorders characterized by disruptions in social behavior, including autism.

We encourage students and other members of the EvoS community to attend the talk. Contact Nicole Cameron at 7-4580 or ncameron@binghamton.edu if you are interested in a separate meeting with Dr. Young.

A flier is available here.

(Update: this post previously implied the talk was “this” Friday, 10/22. The talk is actually on Friday, 10/29.)

Posted on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 in Events/News by EvoS.


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