Role of opioids and oxytocin in socially rewarding behaviors
Open guest lecture by Associate Professor Alexa Veenema, Michigan State University.
Photo: Veenema lab
About the lecturer
My research focuses on the neural basis of social behavior. Understanding the regulation of social behavior is essential to gain insights in normal social functioning as well as in abnormal social functioning as observed in e.g. autism spectrum disorder, personality disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia. My ultimate goal is to understand and treat the causes of social behavior deficits more effectively. The following two main interests drive my research: (i) the roles of vasopressin and oxytocin in social behavior (social recognition, social approach-avoidance, social investigation, juvenile play-fighting, adult aggression), and (ii) the neurobiological mechanisms by which early life stress alters social behavior.