- Graduate Student
- AH 524
Background and Interests
Since joining the French lab in 2014 I have focused on examining the neurobiology underlying both the formation and maintenance of bonds between mates. My work primarily examines the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine and its receptor subtypes in moderating behavioral components associated with both new and established pairs. I am also interested in how multiple neural systems (dopamine and oxytocin) work together to enhance or dampen social interactions. I am currently expanding into behavioral genetics through examining gene variants in the broader reward system (opioid and dopamine) that are correlated with behavioral traits critical to social bonding. In the future, I hope to continue these lines of research with a focus on explaining behavioral outputs from multiple levels of analysis (genetic/neurobiological/environmental).
Carp, S.B., Taylor, J.H., Womack, S.L., French, J.A. (2018). Dopamine modulation of reunion behavior in short and long term marmoset pairs. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution – Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00046
- French, J.A., & Carp, S.B., (2016). Early-life social adversity and developmental processes in nonhuman primates. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 7, 40-46.
Carp, S. B., Rothwell, E. S., Bourdon, A., Freeman, S. M., Ferrer, E., & Bales, K. L. (2015). Development of a partner preference test that differentiates between established pair bonds and other relationships in socially monogamous titi monkeys (Callicebus cupreus). American Journal of Primatology. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22450