Dopamine in the medial amygdala network mediates human bonding.

  title={Dopamine in the medial amygdala network mediates human bonding.},
  author={Shir Atzil and Alexandra Touroutoglou and Tali Rudy and Stephanie Salcedo and Ruth Feldman and Jacob M. Hooker and Bradford C. Dickerson and Ciprian Catana and Lisa Feldman Barrett},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={114 9},
Research in humans and nonhuman animals indicates that social affiliation, and particularly maternal bonding, depends on reward circuitry. Although numerous mechanistic studies in rodents demonstrated that maternal bonding depends on striatal dopamine transmission, the neurochemistry supporting maternal behavior in humans has not been described so far. In this study, we tested the role of central dopamine in human bonding. We applied a combined functional MRI-PET scanner to simultaneously probe… CONTINUE READING
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