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The social brain: emergence of social competences and their neurobiological basis in domestic horses

Project description

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.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-IF-2020
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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 196 707,84