Project Goals

The Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition has research projects investigating the role of oxytocin in social behavior in 5 different species: mice, voles, rats, rhesus monkeys and humans.

The overall goal of the human research project is to study the impact of oxytocin on social cognition and neural activity in healthy subjects and subjects with autism spectrum disorder.

The Human Research Project has three different studies:

1) Investigating the behavioral differences in processing social information between typical controls and individuals with Autism

2) Using functional imaging techniques, to determine the neural correlates of differences between typical and ASD subjects in processing social information

3) Identifying the behavioral and neural impact of intranasal administration of oxytocin in healthy and ASD subjects