NEURAL BASIS OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
Many behavioral disorders related to social behavior show striking sex differences in incidence. Sexual differentiation of the brain likely contributes to these differences. We are studying the sexually dimorphic vasopressin innervation, a system that has been implicated in social behavior in adult animals. We use a combination of psychopharmacological and genetic approaches to test how vasopressin controls social behavior in juvenile rodents and focus on sex differences in this process.