SEMIOCHEMICALS AND YOUR SOCIAL LIFE: MOLECULES, RECEPTORS, AND CIRCUITS UNDERLYING CHEMOSENSORY BEHAVIOR (LIVE ONLY - NOT RECORDED)
Chair(s): Markus Rothermel, Julian Meeks
Parallel Room 2
Social behaviors are a fascinating model to delineate the links between genes, neural circuits and complex natural behaviors. They are evolutionary conserved and prevalent across mammalian and non-mammalian species: social behaviors among conspecifics are exhibited by virtually all animal species and are essential for survival, and reproduction. Impairment in social function is a prominent feature of several neuropsychiatric disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. In mice, olfactory cues such as e. g. pheromones have been shown to elicit social behaviors in addition to non-olfactory cues and intrinsic states. How the brain organizes and integrates these extrinsic and intrinsic information to enable social behaviors is currently a major topic in neurobiology.
Work from many labs has demonstrated that the activity of olfactory as well as central circuits are important for different forms of social behaviors. This symposium will highlight recent developments on the elucidation of neural circuits driving animal social behaviors from different perspectives: e. g. at the level of the olfactory organs, and centrally in converging nuclei of the hypothalamus and amygdala.
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