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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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Original Research:
Elissar Andari, Shota Nishitani, Gopinath Kaundinya, Gabriella A. Caceres, Opal Ousley, Michael J. Morrier, Alicia K. Smith, Joseph F. Cubells, and Larry J. Young.  Epigenetic modification of the oxytocin receptor gene predicts autism symptom severity and brain functional connectivity.  Neuropsychopharmacology. 2020. 45, 1150–1158.
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Kengo Horie, Kiyoshi Inoue, Katsuhiko Nishimori Larry J. Young.  Investigation of Oxtr-expressing neurons projecting to nucleus accumbens using Oxtr-ires-Cre knock-in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Neuroscience. 2020. 448:312-324. Click Here

Elizabeth A. Amadei, Zachary V. Johnson, Yong Jun Kwon, Aaron C. Shpiner, Varun Saravanan, Wittney D. Mays, Steven J. Ryan, Hasse Walum, Donald G. Rainnie, Larry J. Young & Robert C. Liu. (2017) Dynamic corticostriatal activity biases social bond formation in female prairie voles. Nature, 546(7657):297-301. Click Here

James P. Burkett, Elissar Andari, Zachary V. Johnson, Daniel C. Curry, Frans B. M. de Waal and Larry J. Young. (2016) Oxytocin-dependent consolation behavior in rodents. Science. 351:375-378. Click Here

Lanikea B. King, Hasse Walum, Kiyoshi Inoue, Nicholas W. Eyrich and Larry J. Young. (2016) Polymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor robustly predict brain expression patterns and social attachment. Biological Psychiatry. 80(2):160-9. Click Here

Robert C. Froemke & Larry J. Young. Oxytocin, Neural Plasticity and Social Behavior. Annual Review of Neuroscience.  2021. 44:359–81.
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Charles L. Ford & Larry J. Young. Translational Opportunities for Circuit-based Social Neuroscience: Advancing 21st Century Psychiatry. Current Opinion in Neurobiology. 68:1-8. Click Here

Hasse Walum & Larry J. Young. The Neural Mechanisms and Circuity of the Pair Bond. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 2018; 19(11):643-654.
Arjen J. Boender and Larry J. Young. Oxytocin, vasopressin and social behavior in the age of genome editing: A comparative perspective. Hormones and Behavior. 2020, 124:104780. Click Here