The goal of the Silvio O. Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition is to launch an integrated, coordinated and rigorous research program to discover the neural mechanisms by which oxytocin modulates social cognition.  


Upcoming Events

March 19, 2021: Sandeep Robert Datta PhD (Harvard Unviersity), Talk Title TBD

April 9, 2021: John Christianson PhD (Boston College), "Insular Circuits for Social Approach to Stressed Others"

May 12, 2021: Shelly Bluffington PhD (Univ. of TX), "Host-microbiome interactions regulating synaptic plasticity and socal behavior"  

Past Events

November 22, 2020: Gordon Berman PhD (Emory), "Measuring Behavior Across Scales". click here.

February 14, 2020: Dr. Yartsev (UC Berkley), "Studying the Neural basis of Complex Spatial and Acoustic Behaviors – in Freely Behaving and Flying Bats"

February 6, 2020: The Science of Love Public Lecture featuring Drs. Helen Fisher (Kinsey Institute) and Larry Young (Emory). 6:30-8:00PM. Rollins School of Public Health (Claudia Nance Auditorium).Flyer and Information

January 16, 2020: Steve Chang PhD (Yale), "Neural mechanisms guiding social decision making and social gaze interaction in the primate prefrontal-amygdala circuits" Yerkes NSB Seminar Room. 12:00. Pizza lunch will be served.

January 22, 2020: Linda Wilbrecht (Berkley), "Understanding the maturation of the circuits that support learning and decision making in relationship to puberty and life history" Yerkes NSB Seminar Room. 12:00. Pizza lunch will be served.

 December 17, 2019: Patti Ricotta, "How the science of pair bonding is helping end female genital mutilation in Uganda" (Yerkes NBB Seminar Room at 12:00-lunch will be served)

Call for CTSN Pilot Project Grants: Proposals Due December 4, 2019 (See Pilot Project Grants for Details)

November 6, 2019: 2:00-4:00PM at Yerkes. Neural Circuits of Social Behavior Symposium

September 20, 2019: 12:00PM, in Whitehead Auditorium: Catherine Dulac PhD, "Molecular, Cellular and Circuit Level Control of Social Behaviors"



Science of Love Part 1 (Larry Young). click here

Mommy Brain: Oxytocin and Social Bonding. click here

The Biology of Dads. click here

The effects of Social Distancing. click here

11Alive Morning Rush (NBC): Does love come from the heart or from the brain? click here

Larry Young Distinguished Lecture Series at Georgia State University. click here.

Larry Young and Patti Ricotta helping end FGM in Africa. click here

Pair Bonding and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Videos:

1) Is Oxytocin involved in strenthening relationships between partners? 

2) What are the benefits of having a bonded relationship with your partner? 

3) How does FGM impact oxytocin and stress hormones? 

4) What can men do to help their wives feel more bonded to them? 

5) Will sex alone cause the release of oxytocin, even if partners are not bonded? 

6) How is oxytocin important in bonds between parents and children? 

Curing Heartbreak in Voles. click here.

Help STOP Female Genital Mutilation in Africa with the Science of Love and Bonding. click here

The lasting effects of social isolation in adolescence. click here

Love in a nasal spray? on The Science Show - ABC Radio. click here

Naturebang Love and Fidelity - BBC Sounds. click here

The Science of Love and Compassion at the Gulbenkian in Lisbon. click here

Oxytocin, Love and Social Awareness. click here

The real science of love. October 9, 2018 click here

Emory Conte Center Renewed! April 18, 2018 click here

Oxytocin may enhance social awareness in autism.  April 17, 2018 click here

Fathers’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons. May 25, 2017 click here

Love hormone may help Dads bond with toddlers. February 24, 2017 click here

Temple Grandin Talk Emory 2016 click here

Oxytocin and Empathy: Voles console one another. January 22, 2016 click here

The hard science of oxytocin. June 24, 2015 click here

Neurobiology of Parenting. August 19, 2014 click here

What rodents can tell us about why humans love. February 2014 click here