The UCLA Joint Seminars in Neuroscience Presents - Lyle Kingsbury

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 12:00pm
The 28th Annual Samuel Eiduson Student Lecture

The UCLA Joint Seminars in Neuroscience Presents - Lyle Kingsbury

"The Social Brain in Action: Neural Dynamics Within and Across Interacting Animals""

Lyle Kingsbury
Laboratory of Dr. Weizhe Hong
Departments of Biological Chemistry and Neurobiology
David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

Abstract: Social interaction is a fundamental feature of human and animal life and contributes substantially to our collective well-being. During interaction, individuals become coupled to one another as they act and react to each other’s decisions, and effective navigation of this process depends upon widespread neural systems in the brain. We investigated the role of the prefrontal cortex in encoding social information and shaping interactions through the control of social behavior. Using calcium imaging and optogenetic perturbations in mice, we investigated how cortical neurons represent sex-specific social cues and how these representations regulate male- and female-directed interaction. Simultaneous recordings during social interaction also revealed inter-individual synchronization of brain activity across animals, which predicts future interaction and the development of social relationships. These findings further our understanding of how the brain shapes social behavior and how the reciprocity of real time interaction is reflected in shared neural dynamics across individuals.

Host: Dr. Felix Schweizer

Location: Zoom Meeting

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