Molecular approaches to aggregation behavior and social attachment



In many animal species individuals aggregate to live in groups. A range of experimental approaches in different animals, including studies of social feeding in nematodes, maternal behavior in rats and sheep, and pair-bonding in voles, are providing insights into the neural bases for these behaviors. These studies are delineating multiple neural circuits and gene networks in the brain that interact in ways that are as yet poorly understood to coordinate social behavior. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Neurobiol 54: 78–92, 2003