Larry is one of the world's leading experts in social bonding, social attachments and oxytocin - the chemical commonly known as the love hormone, which he explores by studying voles. He's Professor of Psychiatry at Emory School of Medicine in the US.
Dr. Larry Young grew up on a farm in a rural part of Georgia. Life in a rural town made it difficult for him to access educational materials, so he spent most of his time observing the natural world.
An undergraduate degree in biochemistry, a graduate degree in zoology and a PhD in neuroendocrinology later, and Larry is now one of the world's leading experts in social bonding, social attachments and oxytocin - the chemical commonly known as the love hormone. He is the Director of the Centers for Translational Social Neuroscience & for Oxytocin and Social Cognition at Emory University. He also heads up the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders at Yerkes National Primate Center, and is Professor of Psychiatry at Emory School of Medicine.
In his lab, Larry studies prairie voles - one of the very few monogamous animal species - and montane voles (much more promiscuous critters) to explore how love and compassion evolved.
Larry is the author of The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction, which explores the latest discoveries in how brain chemistry influences all aspects of our relationships with others.
When it comes to love, all the mystery, all the poetry and all the complex behaviours that lead to the most life-changing decisions we’ll ever make are driven by just a few molecules in our brains. What's the science of attraction, and can we fake it?