The Neurobiology of Social Bonds

  title={The Neurobiology of Social Bonds},
  author={K. Kendrick},
  journal={Journal of Neuroendocrinology},
  • K. Kendrick
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Neuroendocrinology
  • When released in the brain through giving birth or mating, the neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin are involved in promoting parent–offspring and monogamous bonds in animals such as sheep and voles. Bonds are only formed in species where receptors for these neuropeptides are highly expressed in dopamine‐producing reward centres. In humans, dysfunctions in these same systems can be associated with autism and, when we see people we love, these systems become activated 
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