Neuropeptide Effects on the Brain
Oxytocin and vasopressin administration
With colleagues from UCLA, our lab is currently analyzing data from a large randomized controlled trial in which participants underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) following administration of oxytocin or vasopressin. The goal of this project is to examine the neural effects of oxytocin and vasopressin administration while engaged in a variety of social processes. In another study that includes individuals diagnosed with social anxiety disorder and major depression, we are examining the moderating role of oxytocin system genes on neural activation while viewing aversive social stimuli.