Lynea Witczak (Oldfather)

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I am a graduate student in Dr. Karen Bales’ Laboratory for Comparative Neurobiology of Monogamy at the University of California, Davis. I am broadly interested in better understanding the mechanisms driving monogamy in non-human primates. Specifically, I plan on analyzing the effects of acute manipulations of intranasal arginine-vasopressin and oxytocin on stress response and pair bonding in coppery titi monkeys (Callicebus cupreus). In addition to researching the neurobioloigical factors influencing monogamous behavior (e.g. preference for a familiar partner, distress upon separation, and mate-guarding), I plan on also studying how early-life experiences and partner interactions influence behavior.

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