A game of thrones: neural plasticity in mammalian social hierarchies.

@article{Mooney2014AGO,
  title={A game of thrones: neural plasticity in mammalian social hierarchies.},
  author={Skyler J. Mooney and Diana E. Peragine and Georgia Hathaway and Melissa M. Holmes},
  journal={Social neuroscience},
  year={2014},
  volume={9 2},
  pages={
          108-17
        }
}
Social status is a key regulator of health and reproduction in mammals, including humans. Despite this, relatively little is known about how social status influences the mammalian brain. Furthermore, the extent to which status is an independent construct, i.e., not simply acting as a psychosocial stressor, is yet to be determined. Research to date reveals several promising mechanisms and/or systems associated with social status, including monoamine systems, hypothalamic neuroendocrine axes, and… CONTINUE READING

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