The Integrative Neurobiology of Affiliation: Proceedings of a New York Academy of Sciences Conference, March 14-17, 1996

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This book examines the biological, especially the neural, substrates of affiliation and related social behaviors. Affiliation refers to social behaviors that bring individuals closer together. Until recently, researchers have paid little attention to the regulatory physiology and neural processes that subserve affiliative behaviors. The integrative approach in this book reflects the constructive interactions between those who study behavior in the context of natural history and evolution and those who study the nervous system. The book contains the partial proceedings of a conference of the same title held in Washington, DC, in 1996. The full proceedings was published as an annal of the New York Academy of Sciences.

This book examines the biological (especially the neural) substrates of affiliation and related social behaviors. Affiliation refers to social behaviors that bring individuals closer together. This includes such associations as attachment, parent-offspring interactions, pair-bonding, and the building of coalitions. Affiliations provide a social matrix within which other behaviors, including reproduction and aggression, may occur. While reproduction and aggression also reduce the distance between individuals, their expression is regulated in part by the positive social fabric of affiliative behavior. Until recently, researchers have paid little attention to the regulatory physiology and neural processes that subserve affiliative behaviors. The integrative approach in this book reflects the constructive interactions between those who study behavior in the context of natural history and evolution and those who study the nervous system. This book contains the partial proceedings of a conference of the same title held in Washington, DC, in 1996. The full proceedings were published as part of the Annals of the York Academy of Sciences.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Species Diversity and the Evolution of Behavioral Controlling Mechanisms 3
2 Ecological Constraints and the Evolution of Hormone-Behavior Interrelationships 25
3 Evolutionary Perspectives on Primate Mating Systems and Behavior 45
4 Emotion: An Evolutionary By-Product of the Neural Regulation of the Autonomic Nervous System 65
5 Psychobiological Consequences of Social Relationships 83
6 Attachment Relationships in New World Primates 93
7 Hormonal Modulation of Sexual Behavior and Affiliation in Rhesus Monkeys 101
8 Conflict Resolution and Distress Alleviation in Monkeys and Apes 119
9 Social Facilitation, Affiliation, and Dominance in the Social Life of Spotted Hyenas 131
10 Affiliative Processes and Vocal Development 141
11 Brain Sexual Dimorphism and Sex Differences in Parental and Other Social Behaviors 155
12 Peptides, Steroids, and Pair Bonding 169
13 Molecular Aspects of Monogamy 183
14 Specific Neuroendocrine Mechanisms Not Involving Generalized Stress Mediate Social Regulation of Female Reproduction in Cooperatively Breeding Marmoset Monkeys 199
15 Brain Systems for the Mediation of Social Separation Distress and Social-Reward: Evolutionary Antecedents and Neuropeptide Intermediaries 221
16 Physiological and Endocrine Effects of Social Contract 245
17 Early Learning and the Social Bond 263
18 Neuroanatomical Circuitry for Mammalian Maternal Behavior 275
19 Oxytocin Control of Maternal Behavior: Regulation by Sex Steroids and Offspring Stimuli 301
20 Mating-Induced c-fos Expression Patterns Complement and Supplement Observations after Lesions in the Male Syrian Hamster Brain 321
21 Regulatory Mechanisms of Oxytocin-Mediated Sociosexual Behavior 343
22 Integrative Functions of Lactational Hormones in Social Behavior and Stress Management 361
23 Psychobiology of Early Social Attachment in Rhesus Monkeys: Clinical Applications 373
24 Psychological and Neuroendocrinological Sequelae of Early Social Deprivation in Institutionalized Children in Romania 391
25 Affiliation and Neuropsychiatric Disorders: The Deficit Syndrome of Schizophrenia 401
Contributors 415
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