Dr. Larry Young is the founding Director of the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience and Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. in neuroscience at University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Young has published over 100 research articles in journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Genetics and Nature Reviews Drug Discovery.
Dr. Young’s research seeks to understand how the brain functions to regulate social relationships. His research has revealed that brain chemicals such as oxytocin and vasopressin regulate the neural processing of social information and promote the formation of social bonds by acting in specific neural pathways. He has developed paradigms that are being used to screen drugs that enhance social function, and is developing novel strategies for drug discovery for treating social impairments in autism and schizophrenia. To accelerate drug development for these disorders, Dr. Young established the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience (CTSN), bringing together geneticists, neuroscientists, psychologists and psychiatrists in the Atlanta area to better understand and heal the social brain. The mission of the CTSN is to translate the knowledge gained by social neuroscience into novel treatments for social impairments in psychiatric disorders.
His new book, The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction (2012) explores the latest discoveries of how brain chemistry influences all aspects of our relationships with others.