Neuropeptides, Bonding, and Social Cognition in Voles to Man
Emory University School of Medicine
Oxytocin modulates complex social behaviors, including group size preference, parental behaviors and social bonding. These effects on complex behaviors may be mediated, in part, by increasing the saliency of social stimuli. Early social experience can shape the oxytocin system, impacting later life social behavior. Intranasal oxytocin studies demonstrate that oxytocin influences human social cognition, which has important implications for psychiatric disorders.