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Neurobiology of Social Behavior


Lab Readings

This guide is geared for researchers in the Psychology Department's Neurobiology of Social Behavior Lab.

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This page was designed to provide you with links to key journal readings for Professor Veenema's Lab. Most of the links will take you directly to the pdf file of the article. Please note: if you are accessing these articles from off-campus, you will need to enter your BC username and password to get to the full-text.

Veenema Lab Review Articles

Veenema AH. Toward understanding how early-life social experiences alter oxytocin- and vasopressin-regulated social behaviors. Horm Behav 61:304-312.

Neumann ID, Veenema AH, Beiderbeck DI. Aggression and anxiety: social context and neurobiological links. Front Behav Neurosci, Mar 30:4-12. (To access this article, cut and paste the following link into your browser:

Veenema AH. Early life stress, the development of aggression and neurobiological correlates: What can we learn from animal models? Front Neuroendocrinol, 30:497–518.

Veenema AH, Neumann ID. Central vasopressin and oxytocin release: regulation of complex social behaviours. Prog Brain Res, 170:261-276. (The Libraries do not subscribe to this journal. You can request this article through our interlibrary loan service.)

Veenema AH, Neumann ID. Neurobiological mechanisms of aggression and stress coping: a comparative study in mouse and rat selection lines. Brain Behav Evol, 70:274-285.

Veenema AH, Koolhaas JM, De Kloet ER. Basal and stress-induced differences in HPA axis, 5-HT responsiveness and hippocampal cell proliferation in two mouse lines. Ann N Y Acad  Sci, 1018: 255-265. (To access this article, cut and past the following link into your browser:

Additional Articles in the Field

Carter CS. Oxytocin Pathways and the Evolution of Human Behavior. Annu Rev Psychol. 2013 Sep 19. (cut & paste the following link into your browser to access the article: ).

Goodson JL, Kingsbury MA. What's in a name? Considerations of homologies and nomenclature for vertebrate social behavior networks. Horm Behav. 2013 Jun;64(1):103-12.

Deconstructing sociality, social evolution and relevant nonapeptide functions.  Goodson JL. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2013 Apr;38(4):465-78.

Modi ME, Young LJ. The oxytocin system in drug discovery for autism: animal models and novel therapeutic strategies. Horm Behav. 2012 Mar;61(3):340-50.

Albers HE. The regulation of social recognition, social communication and aggression: vasopressin in the social behavior neural network. Horm Behav. 2012 Mar;61(3):283-92.

Gabor CS, Phan A, Clipperton-Allen AE, Kavaliers M, Choleris E. Interplay of oxytocin, vasopressin, and sex hormones in the regulation of social recognition. Behav Neurosci. 2012 Feb;126(1):97-109.

Meyer-Lindenberg A, Domes G, Kirsch P, Heinrichs M. Oxytocin and vasopressin in the human brain: social neuropeptides for translational medicine. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2011 Aug 19;12(9):524-38.

Ophir AG. Towards meeting Tinbergen's challenge. Horm Behav. 2011 Jun;60(1):22-7.

Donaldson ZR, Young LJ. Oxytocin, vasopressin, and the neurogenetics of sociality. Science. 2008 Nov 7;322(5903):900-4.

Vasopressin: behavioral roles of an "original" neuropeptide. Caldwell HK, Lee HJ, Macbeth AH, Young WS 3rd. Prog Neurobiol. 2008 Jan;84(1):1-24.

Gunnar MR, Quevedo KM. Early care experiences and HPA axis regulation in children: a mechanism for later trauma vulnerability. Prog Brain Res. 2008;167:137-49. (The BC Libraries do not subscribe to this journal. Click here to request the article through interlibrary loan).

Lee V, Hoaken PN. Cognition, emotion, and neurobiological development: mediating the relation between maltreatment and aggression. Child Maltreat. 2007 Aug;12(3):281-98.

Bartz JA, Hollander E. The neuroscience of affiliation: forging links between basic and clinical research on neuropeptides and social behavior. Horm Behav. 2006 Nov;50(4):518-28.

Champagne FA, Curley JP. How social experiences influence the brain. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2005 Dec;15(6):704-9.

Curley JP, Keverne EB. Genes, brains and mammalian social bonds. Trends Ecol Evol. 2005

Keverne EB, Curley JP. Vasopressin, oxytocin and social behaviour. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2004 Dec;14(6):777-83.

Ferguson JN, Young LJ, Insel TR. The neuroendocrine basis of social recognition. Front Neuroendocrinol. 2002 Apr;23(2):200-24.

Heim C, Nemeroff CB. The role of childhood trauma in the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders: preclinical and clinical studies. Biol Psychiatry. 2001 Jun 15;49(12):1023-39.

Veenema Lab Research Articles

Dumais KM, Mayer TE, Bredewold R, Veenema AH. Sex differences in social interest correlate with oxytocin receptor densities in subregions of the amygdala. Horm Behav, 64:693-701.

Veenema AH, Bredewold R, De Vries GJ. Sex-specific modulation of juvenile social play by vasopressin. Psychoneuroendocrinology, Jul 6.

Lukas M, Toth I, Veenema AH, Neumann ID. Oxytocin mediates rodent social memory within the lateral septum and the medial amygdala depending on the relevance of the social stimulus: Male juvenile versus female adult conspecifics. Psychoneuroendocrinology 38:916-26.

Taylor PV, Veenema AH, Paul MJ, Bredewold R, Isaacs S, de Vries GJ. Sexually dimorphic effects of a prenatal immune challenge on social play and vasopressin expression in juvenile rats. Biol Sex Differ Jun 14;3(1):15.

Beiderbeck DI, Reber SO, Havasi A, Bredewold R, Veenema AH, Neumann ID. High and abnormal forms of aggression in rats with extremes in trait anxiety–Involvement of the dopamine system in the nucleus accumbens. Psychoneuroendocrinology 37: 1969-80.

Veenema AH, Bredewold R, De Vries GJ. Vasopressin regulates social recognition in juvenile and adult rats of both sexes, but in sex- and age-specific ways. Horm Behav 61:50-6.

Lukas M, Toth I, Reber SO, Slattery DA, Veenema AH, Neumann ID. The neuropeptide oxytocin facilitates pro-social Behavior and prevents social avoidance in rats and mice. Neuropsychopharmacology, 36:2159-68.

Lukas M, Bredewold R, Landgraf R, Neumann ID, Veenema AH. Early life stress impairs social recognition due to a blunted response of vasopressin release within the septum of adult male rats. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36:843-53.

Veenema AH, Beiderbeck DI, Lukas M, Neumann ID. Distinct correlations of vasopressin release within the lateral septum and the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis with the display of intermale aggression. Horm Behav, 58:273-281.

Lukas M, Bredewold R, Neumann ID, Veenema AH. Maternal separation interferes with developmental changes in brain vasopressin and oxytocin receptor binding in male rats. Neuropharmacology, 58:78-87.

Veenema AH, Neumann ID. Maternal separation enhances offensive play-fighting in juvenile male rats. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 23:463-467.

Veenema AH, Reber SO, Selch S, Obermeier F, Neumann ID. Early life stress enhances the vulnerability to chronic psychosocial stress and experimental colitis in adult mice. Endocrinology, 149:2727-2736.

Beiderbeck DI, Neumann ID, Veenema AH. Differences in intermale aggression are accompanied by opposite vasopressin release patterns within the septum in rats bred for high and low anxiety. Eur J Neurosci, 26:3597-3605. (cut & paste the following url into your browser: )

Veenema AH, Bredewold R, Neumann ID. Opposite effects of maternal separation on intermale and maternal aggression in C57Bl/6 mice: link to hypothalamic vasopressin and oxytocin immunoreactivity. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 32:437-50.

Veenema AH, Torner L, Blume A, Beiderbeck DI, Neumann ID. Low inborn anxiety correlates with high intermale aggression: Link to ACTH response and neuronal activation of the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus. Horm Behav, 51:11-19.

Veenema AH, Blume A, Niederle D, Buwalda B, Neumann ID. Effects of early life stress on adult male aggression and hypothalamic vasopressin and serotonin. Eur J Neurosci, 24:1711-20. (cut & paste the following url into your browser in order to access this article: )