A closer look at the challenges of being social
What is the neurobiological basis for social behaviours? While social competences are crucial for social interactions, quality of life and chances of survival for both human and non-human social animals, socialisation can be easily disrupted. In this context, the EU-funded EQUISOBRAIN project will test the influence of disruption during the socialisation phase of young domestic horses living in groups and experiencing an optimal vs disrupted socialisation. The project will test whether social competences will emerge in both cases but at a higher level in the case of an optimal social environment. The project will also uncover a positive relation between high social competences and the neuroanatomy and basal connectivity of specific brain areas such as the hippocampus.
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