Oxytocin, Social Cognition and Psychiatry

  title={Oxytocin, Social Cognition and Psychiatry},
  author={Larry E. Young},
Memories are thought to be represented in the brain as enduring physical changes in ensembles of neurons, the ‘engram’. How are neurons chosen (or allocated) to become part of the engram? Is this process random? Evidence suggests it is not. We (Han et al, 2009) and others (Zhou et al, 2009) examined how fear/threat memories are encoded in the brain. In this paradigm, rodents learn to associate a tone with a shock and this association critically depends on the lateral amygdala (LA) (Repa et al… CONTINUE READING
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