Abstract # 177:

Scheduled for Sunday, August 27, 2017 03:00 PM-04:00 PM: (Grand Ballroom) Featured Speaker


K. Bales
Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
     The study of primate families encompasses many different fields of enquiry, including behavior, physiology, ecology, neurobiology, and conservation. Socially monogamous and cooperatively breeding primates share many aspects of behavior, but these are regulated by diverse neurobiological mechanisms and shaped by convergent evolution. In my research, I have focused on pair bonding and infant care behavior by mothers, fathers, and siblings. Initially I studied these behaviors in laboratory common marmosets, and then in wild golden lion tamarins using fecal hormone analysis. Since 2004, my students and I have studied the mechanisms of pair bonding and parenting in titi monkeys at the California National Primate Research Center. We have examined the neural basis of pair bonding using PET imaging and other neurobiological techniques. In addition, we study the consequences of human clinical use use of oxytocin, the hormone responsible for pair bonding and parenting. Finally, our other primate family, ASP, has been central to my career and my science.