TitleBehavioral neuroendocrinology of vasotocin and vasopressin and the sensorimotor processing hypothesis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsRose, JD, Moore, FL
JournalFrontiers in Neuroendocrinology
Type of ArticleJournal Article

Vasotocin (AVT) and vasopressin (AVP) are potent modulators of social behaviors in diverse species of vertebrates. This review addresses questions about how and where AVT and AVP act to modulate social behaviors, focusing on research with an amphibian model (Taricha granulosa). In general, the behaviorally important AVT and AVP neurons occur in the forebrain and project to sites throughout the brain. Social behaviors are modulated by AVT and AVP acting at multiple sites in the brain and at multiple levels in the behavioral sequence. This review proposes that AVT and AVP can act on sensory pathways to modulate the responsiveness of neurons to behaviorally relevant sensory stimuli and also can act on motor pathways in the brainstem and spinal cord to modulate the neuronal output to behavior-specific pattern generators. This neurobehavioral model, in which AVT and AVP are thought to modulate social behaviors by affecting sensorimotor processing, warrants further research. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.

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