Sharon M. Guten Colloquium Series:: Annegret Falkner
February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mapping the neural dynamics of social dominance and defeat
Social experiences can have lasting changes on behavior and affective state. In particular, repeated wins and losses during fighting can facilitate and suppress future aggressive behavior, leading to persistent high aggression or low aggression states. We use a combination of techniques for neural recording, perturbation, and computational behavioral analysis to understand how nodes in the brain’s subcortical “social decision-making network” encode and transform aggressive motivation into action, and how these circuits change following social dominance and defeat.