Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Social Neuroscience Laboratory

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Welcome to the Brodkin Lab

Our laboratory is interested in the neurobiological and genetic mechanisms of social behavior development, particularly the development of social affiliative and aggressive behaviors. Certain highly heritable neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism and schizophrenia spectrum disorders, are characterized by disabling disruptions of socio-emotional behaviors (e.g. affiliative behaviors, aggressive behaviors) and social cognition. The fundamental biology of these social behaviors is not well understood, and currently available treatments for these social behavior symptoms are inadequate.