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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