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Director's Message

Larry Vole

Welcome to the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience!

How does the brain mediate social interactions, and how can we treat disorders of the social brain?  Over the past two decades, a broadening spectrum of neuroscience research has begun addressing these questions.  Geneticists are identifying the genetic underpinnings of developmental disorders like Fragile X Syndrome; molecular neurobiologists are associating specific brain chemicals with depression and social bonding; neuroanatomists are mapping the connections between different brain areas and linking them to complex functions like emotion regulation; and comparative psychologists and primatologists are addressing the effect of early emotional experience on brain development and adult social behavior. 

The Center for Translational Social Neuroscience brings these fields of research together.  Our mission is to foster intellectual exchange and collaboration among a diverse community of researchers and clinicians investigating the neurobiology of prosocial behavior and disorders of the social brain.  We are committed to translating discoveries made in the laboratory into strategies for improving social function in psychiatric disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders and Schizophrenia. 

We also have an eye to the future.  Our interdisciplinary and translational environment provides an ideal training environment for young scientists.  We are using the most cutting-edge techniques to extend the frontier of social neuroscience, and to train the next generation of researchers to carry these investigations into the years ahead. 

Please join us in our mission to promote innovative research that advances our understanding and healing of the social brain.


Larry J. Young, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Translational Social Neuroscience