The neurobiology of pair bonding

@article{Young2004TheNO,
  title={The neurobiology of pair bonding},
  author={Larry J. Young and Zuoxin Wang},
  journal={Nature Neuroscience},
  year={2004},
  volume={7},
  pages={1048-1054}
}
A neurobiological model for pair-bond formation has emerged from studies in monogamous rodents. The neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin contribute to the processing of social cues necessary for individual recognition. Mesolimbic dopamine is involved in reinforcement and reward learning. Concurrent activation of neuropeptide and dopamine receptors in the reward centers of the brain during mating results in a conditioned partner preference, observed as a pair bond. Differential regulation of… 
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