In the Becker lab, we examine neural and hormonal mechanisms of social behavior.
Developmental research across species demonstrates that an offspring’s development into adulthood can be significantly impacted by environmental factors. Research indicates that antidepressant use by mothers during gestation and/or postpartum may impact the development of Autism Spectrum Disorders in their offspring. Through examining the affects of maternal antidepressant use on the development of the oxytocinergic system […]
Correlational evidence suggests that care provided by mothers and fathers may impact future aggressive behavior in offspring. Further, experimentally increasing paternal care leads to an increase in aggression in male offspring. Here were experimentally manipulate care provided by both mothers and fathers to explore whether there is something unique about father’s care, or whether care […]
The majority of parental care work has focused on mother-daughter and father-son interactions. In this study, we examine whether sons and daughters have similar or distinct physiological responses to paternal care.