I will not dismiss the potential importance of oxytocin to effective treatment despite the fact that the mechanisms of its effectiveness remain unknown.
The epigenetic effects are on interactions among all the other neuronal systems and hormone secretion that interact with the GnRH neuronal system, which is central to all developmental differences in the brain of males and females.
The obvious role of odors, like smoke odor, in PTSD suggests that we welcome Dr. Nemeroff back
It will be interesting to see how much longer it is before researchers link p53 to the diet-responsive hypothalamic gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neurogenic niche.
Chemical ecology is, of course, responsible for adaptive evolution via ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction (i.e., brain development). How could anything else but chemicals (nutrient chemicals and pheromones) be responsible for similarities and differences in cell types of the brain in different species?
Suddenly, we then have the automagical affects of oxytocin on behavior with no need for social neuroscience.
the treatment with nutrient chemicals works as would treatment with pheromones, which are expected to alter the same hypothalamic neurogenic niche responsible for GnRH-directed changes in luteinizing hormone and hippocampal neurogenesis
— as modeled across the ecological, social and neurogenic niche construction that contribute to the adaptive evolution of our cognitive niche.
Should the behavior analysts’ approach be compared to a biologically-based approach with a dietary supplement?