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Adolescent Psychopathology and the Developing BrainIntegrating Brain and Prevention Science$
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Daniel Romer and Elaine F. Walker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306255

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306255.001.0001

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Neuropeptides and the Development of Social Behaviors

Neuropeptides and the Development of Social Behaviors

Implications for Adolescent Psychopathology

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(p.173) Chapter 8 Neuropeptides and the Development of Social Behaviors
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Adolescent Psychopathology and the Developing Brain
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Karen L. Bales

C. Sue Carter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306255.003.0008

This chapter provides an overview of the role of two mammalian neuropeptide hormones, oxytocin (OT) and arginine vasopressin (AVP), in the development and expression of social behaviors, including selective behaviors that are indicative of social bonds. It begins by giving a general background on social behavior in monogamous species, as well as the previously studied physiological and behavioral effects of OT and vasopressin. This is followed by a description of animal studies describing the role of OT and AVP during development. It then discusses current knowledge of possible developmental actions of OT and AVP, especially as these may be related to psychopathologies in later life.

Keywords:   oxytocin, arginine vasopressin, social behavior, social bonds

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