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The Chemistry Between Us attempts to do what no other book has done: present a grand unified theory of how love, sex, and human social bonding is created in our brains, how that creation drives our behavior, and to place these mechanisms into social, historical and even political contexts.

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Amadei EA, Johnson ZV, Jun Kwon Y, Shpiner AC, Saravanan V, Mays WD, Ryan SJ, Walum H, Rainnie DG, Young LJ, Liu RC. Dynamic corticostriatal activity biases social bonding in monogamous female prairie voles. Nature 546(7657):297-301. 2017. link


Burkett JP, Andari E, Johnson ZV, Curry DC, de Waal FB, Young L. Oxytocin-dependent consolation behavior in rodents. Science 351: 375-8. 2016. link


Young LJ, Barrett CE. Neuroscience. Can oxytocin treat autism? Science. 347(6224):825-6. 2015. link


Rilling JK and Young LJ. The biology of mammalian parenting and its effect on offspring social development. Science 345: 771-776. 2014. link


Hopkins WD, Keebaugh AC, Reamer L, Schaeffer J, Schapiro SJ, Young LJ. (2014) Genetic Influences on Receptive Joint Attention in Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Scientific Reports 4:3774. link


Freeman SM, Inoue K, Smith AL, Goodman MM, Young LJ. (2014). The neuroanatomical distribution of oxytocin receptor binding and mRNA in the male rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta). Psychoneuroendocrinology. 45, 128-141. link


Skuse DH, Lori L, Cubells JF, Lee I, Conneely KJ, Puura K, Lehtimäki T, Binder E, Young LJ. A common polymorphism in the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) is associated with human social recognition skills. PNAS. 2014;111(5):1987-92. 2014. link 


Donaldson ZR, Young LJ. Oxytocin, Vasopressin, and the Neurogenetics of Sociality. Science. 322, 900-904. 2009. link


Hammock EAD, Young LJ. Microsatellite instability generates diversity in brain and sociobehavioral traits. Science. 308:1630-1634. 2005. link


Young JL, Wang Z. The Neurobiology of the Pair Bond. Nature Neuroscience. 7:1048-1054. 2004. link


Lim MM, Wang Z, Olazábal DE, Ren X, Terwilliger EF, Young LJ. Enhanced partner preference in promiscuous species by manipulating the expression of a single gene. Nature. 2004;429:754-757. link