As social animals, belonging is one of our most profound needs. We long for experiences of warm community, and at the same time we can feel claustrophobic, panicked and mistrustful when it is offered to us. In our ongoing exploration of the neurobiology of empathy, we turn this month to the neurohormone oxytocin. This excursion takes us into the tricky territory of the brain chemistry of bonding and love, including aspects of orgasm, social recognition, and pair bonding, as well as the surprising appearance of anxiety and unpleasant crowd behaviors like looting and soccer riots.
Led by Sarah Peyton.