Social Behavior of Pet Dogs Is Associated with Peripheral OXTR Methylation

@inproceedings{Cimarelli2017SocialBO,
  title={Social Behavior of Pet Dogs Is Associated with Peripheral OXTR Methylation},
  author={G Cimarelli and Zsofia Viranyi and Borb{\'a}la Turcs{\'a}n and Zsolt R{\'o}nai and M{\'a}ria Sasv{\'a}ri-Sz{\'e}kely and Zsofia Banlaki},
  booktitle={Front. Psychol.},
  year={2017}
}
Oxytocin is a key modulator of emotional processing and social cognitive function. In line with this, polymorphisms of genes involved in oxytocin signaling, like the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene, are known to influence social behavior in various species. However, to date, no study has investigated environmental factors possibly influencing the epigenetic variation of the OXTR gene and its behavioral effects in dogs. Pet dogs form individualized and strong relationships with their owners who… CONTINUE READING
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