Nature Neuroscience Review AOP: McCall & Singer
Titel: The animal and human neuroendocrinology of social cognition, motivation and behavior
How does the neuroendocrine system modulate social behavior? The authors review animal as well as human work that aims to answer this question, and suggest ways to advance further research.
Animal research demonstrates that hormones such as oxytocin, arginine vasopressin and testosterone have profound effects on social behavior, influencing parenting, partnering, and aggression. Inspired by these findings, a recent wave of studies has explored their effects on human social behavior. The leap from animals to humans, however, has been riddled with methodological challenges and contradictory results. In an article in the journal Nature Neuroscience, researchers Tania Singer and Cade McCall highlight important issues in social neuroendocrinology and propose new paths for inquiry. Their review concludes by arguing that in addition to explaining the kinds of approach or avoidant actions that characterize social behavior, the field must also examine the quiescent, regenerative states that are equally important to our experience and survival.
Cade McCall & Tania Singer
15 April 2012