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ERIC Number: EJ827458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
Social Modulation of Associative Fear Learning by Pheromone Communication
Bredy, Timothy W.; Barad, Mark
Learning & Memory, v16 n1 p12-18 Jan 2009
Mice communicate through visual, vocal, and olfactory cues that influence innate, nonassociative behavior. We here report that exposure to a recently fear-conditioned familiar mouse impairs acquisition of conditioned fear and facilitates fear extinction, effects mimicked by both an olfactory chemosignal emitted by a recently fear-conditioned familiar mouse and by the putative stress-related anxiogenic pheromone [beta]-phenylethylamine ([beta]-PEA). Together, these findings suggest social modulation of higher-order cognitive processing through pheromone communication and support the concurrent excitor hypothesis of extinction learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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