Division of Psychobiology
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
The Wilson lab uses female rhesus monkeys as a model to understand how social stressors affect behavioral health in women. We use neuroimaging, neuroendocrine assessment and the analysis of complex social behavior to test the hypothesis that the stress associated with social subordination adversely affects the developmental effects of estradiol on brain maturation and emotional development and the activational effects of estradiol on prosocial behaviors in adults. Parallel studies are testing the hypothesis that social subordination increases emotional feeding in females through changes in dopamine 2 receptor binding activity.
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