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Linda W. M. van Kerkhof, Ruth Damsteegt, Viviana Trezza, Pieter Voorn and Louk J. M. J. Vanderschuren Functional integrity of the habenula is necessary for social play behaviour in rats European Journal of Neuroscience 38

Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/ejn.12353

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During post-weaning development, a marked increase in peer-peer interactions is observed in mammals, including humans, which is signified by the abundance of social play behaviour. This paper describes the importance of habenula function for processing of positive (i.e. social play behaviour) and negative (i.e. social isolation) social information in adolescent rats.

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