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James K. Rilling, PhD

Anthropology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Phone: 404-727-3062


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Dr. Rilling's research combines game theory paradigms with fMRI to investigate the neural bases of human social cognition in the context of actual social interactions, and how they are modulated by the neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin.

Dr. Rilling's other main area of research involves the use of neuroimaging to compare the human brain with the brains of other primate species in an attempt to identify the unique features of the human brain and to indirectly learn about human brain evolution. Currently, his lab is comparing white matter connectivity across species to determine if the human brain may be wired differently from other primate brains.