Understanding the neural basis of social behavior is essential to gain insights into normal as well as abnormal social functioning. The latter is observed in various psychiatric disorders including autism, a male-biased disorder. In my lab, we use rats as model organisms and have shown the involvement of the neuropeptides vasopressin and oxytocin in the sex-specific regulation and expression of social behaviors. We expect that findings of our research will be essential for the evaluation of vasopressin and oxytocin as potential therapeutic targets in the treatment of social dysfunction in autism and other social disorders. Our research is supported by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Mental Health.
C-RAIND Brown Bag with Alexa Veenema on 10-10-2018