Social bonding is topic of J.P. Scott lecture

Dr. Larry Young of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center will speak on “The Neurobiology and Evolution of Social Bonding” when he gives the seventh annual J.P. Scott Memorial Lecture Thursday (Sept. 8).

Young, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Yerkes center, will speak at 2:30 p.m. in 112 Life Sciences Building.

A specialist in the molecular, cellular and neurobiological bases of behavior, Young focuses his research on the role of various chemical substances in the brain and their receptors in regulating social behavior. His research provides basic information about the organization of the social brain, which has important implications for psychopathologies such as autism.

The Yerkes Center, a multidisciplinary research institute within Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center, has long been recognized as one of the leading centers for biomedical and behavioral research with non-human primates.

The annual J.P. Scott Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience. Founded in 1999, the center is a group of faculty, post-doctoral associates, graduate and undergraduate students actively studying the dynamic relationships between the nervous system and behavior, with an explicit focus on integrating behavioral research with other sub-disciplines of the neurosciences.

For more information, contact Howard Cromwell at .

September 5, 2005