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Love Code II: Oxytocin and Social Monogamy (mechanisms mediating strong social bonds)

Dr. Sue C Carter

Dr. Carter presents a special guest lecture on the neurobiology of social bonding and love.  Dr. Carter's research focuses on neuroendocrin systems and how these systems explain the positive impact on physical and mental health of social support, social bonds and "love".  Dr. Carter will discuss how oxytocin and vasopressin act as "neuromodulators" within the theoretical context of the Polyvagal Theory.

Conflit of interest: none disclosed
Recorded at an invitation by the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
August 2008, New South Wales, Australia.
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Dr. Sue C Carter

C. Sue Carter, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Brain Body Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research program focuses on the neurobiology of social behaviour, including the role of oxytocin in facilitating social bonding and social support.

Dr. Carter also has examined endocrine changes associated with human behaviour, including studies that demonstrate the physiological benefits of lactation to the mother. She has published more than 225 papers and has edited or co-edited five volumes including the Integrative Neurobiology of Affiliation (MIT Press, 1999) and Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis (MIT Press, 2005). She is past president of the International Behavioural Neuroscience Society.

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