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Título: Mind the fish: zebrafish as a model in cognitive social neuroscience
Autor: Oliveira, Rui F.
Palavras-chave: social neuroscience
zebrafish
social cognition
cognitive modules
social behavior
social brain
Data: 8-Ago-2013
Editora: Frontiers Research Foundation
Citação: Oliveira RF (2013) Mind the fish: zebrafish as a model in cognitive social neuroscience. Front. Neural Circuits 7:131. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2013.00131
Resumo: Understanding how the brain implements social behavior on one hand, and how social processes feedback on the brain to promote fine-tuning of behavioral output according to changes in the social environment is a major challenge in contemporary neuroscience. A critical step to take this challenge successfully is finding the appropriate level of analysis when relating social to biological phenomena. Given the enormous complexity of both the neural networks of the brain and social systems, the use of a cognitive level of analysis (in an information processing perspective) is proposed here as an explanatory interface between brain and behavior. A conceptual framework for a cognitive approach to comparative social neuroscience is proposed, consisting of the following steps to be taken across different species with varying social systems: (1) identification of the functional building blocks of social skills; (2) identification of the cognitive mechanisms underlying the previously identified social skills; and (3) mapping these information processing mechanisms onto the brain. Teleost fish are presented here as a group of choice to develop this approach, given the diversity of social systems present in closely related species that allows for planned phylogenetic comparisons, and the availability of neurogenetic tools that allows the visualization and manipulation of selected neural circuits in model species such as the zebrafish. Finally, the state-of-the art of zebrafish social cognition and of the tools available to map social cognitive abilities to neural circuits in zebrafish are reviewed.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.7/470
DOI: 10.3389/fncir.2013.00131
Versão do Editor: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fncir.2013.00131/abstract
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