"Social modulation of hormones, brain and behaviour: integrating mechanisms and function"
Organizers- Rui Oliveira (ISPA/IGC, Portugal), Katharina Hirschenhauser (Univ. Vienna, Austria), Gowan Tervo (Janelia Farm, USA)
Instructors- Ed Kravitz (Harvard, USA), Rui Oliveira (Lisbon, Portugal), Peter McGregor (Cornwall, UK), Bob Elwood (Belfast, N. Ireland), Ryan Earley (Alabama, USA),John Wingfield (UC Davis, USA), Katharina Hirschenhauser (Vienna, Austria), Jim Goodson (Indiana, USA), Russ Fernald (Stanford, USA),Greg Ball (Baltimore, USA), Jacques Balthazart (Liege, Belgium), Svante Winberg (Uppsala,Sweden), Kim Huhman (GSU, Atlanta, USA), Daniel Peterson (Chicago, USA), Gunther Zupanc (Bremen, Germany), Luke Remage-Healey (UCLA, USA), Hans Hofmann (Austin, USA), David Clayton (Illinois, USA), Cliff Summers (Vermillion, USA), Gowan Tervo (Janelia Farm, USA)
- The nature vs. nurture debate has been ubiquitous in the history of the Brain and Behavioral Sciences, and the approaches of the social and the biological sciences to the study of behaviour have been seen as almost mutually exclusive. In recent decades a growing body of literature has documented social influences on genetic constitution and gene expression, functioning of the endocrine and nervous systems, and immune activity. These results suggest that the effects of social factors on the expression of behavior must have underlying biological processes. Therefore, a major challenge of current behavioral neuroscience is to understand how psychological and social factors can modulate biological mechanisms underlying behavior. Theoretically, the cellular, molecular and physiological basis of social modulation of behaviour can be explained either by structural rewiring or by biochemical switching of the neural networks underlying social behaviour, depending on the effects of social context on behaviour being long-lasting and slow or rapid and reversible, respectively.
- The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers from different backgrounds to exchange ideas on the function and mechanisms involved in the social feedback on neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying social behavior. The main topics to be address during the workshop are the following: How social interactions are shaped by the social milieu in which the individuals interact? (i.e. effects of prior experience and social context); What is the ecological function of this social modulation behaviour? What are the mechanisms that translate social information into neuroendocrine signals? How socially-driven neuroendocrine signals modulate subsequent behaviour? Therefore, we hope that this meeting works not only as a forum for the exchange of new ideas but also as a promoter that will foster the development of new research directions in this multidisciplinary area.
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