The neurobiology of social play and its rewarding value in rats.

  title={The neurobiology of social play and its rewarding value in rats.},
  author={Louk J. M. J. Vanderschuren and E. J. Marijke Achterberg and Viviana Trezza},
  journal={Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews},
In the young of many mammalian species, including humans, a vigorous and highly rewarding social activity is abundantly expressed, known as social play behaviour. Social play is thought to be important for the development of social, cognitive and emotional processes and their neural underpinnings, and it is disrupted in pediatric psychiatric disorders. Here, we summarize recent progress in our understanding of the brain mechanisms of social play behaviour, with a focus on its rewarding… CONTINUE READING
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