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SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

Stress and sociability

Humans and animals can react to the affective state of others in distress. However, exposure to a stressed partner can trigger stress-related adaptations. Two studies shed light on the mechanisms underlying the behavioral responses toward stressed individuals and on the synaptic changes associated with social transmission of stress.

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Fig. 1: Social transmission of stress.

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Levy, D.R., Yizhar, O. Stress and sociability. Nat Neurosci 21, 304–306 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41593-018-0088-2

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