About this Research Topic
This broad role for odors appears highly preserved across species. In addition, the consistent early developmental emergence of the olfactory function across diverse species also provides a unique window of opportunity for analysis of myriad behavioral systems from rodents to nonhuman primates and humans. This combined with the relatively conserved organization of the olfactory system in mammals, provides a powerful framework to explore how complex behaviors can be modulated by odors to produce adaptative responses, and to investigate the underlying neural networks.
In this research topic, we welcome original and review articles, as well as opinion, methods and modeling papers from both human and animal research, covering the following issues (although the list is not exhaustive):
• Neural and pharmacological bases of olfactory memory : in adulthood and through development
• Olfactory-based social interactions: mother-offspring bonding, pair bonding, peer recognition, social hierarchy, social transmission of fear…
• Emotional olfactory memory: conditioned odor fear, unconditioned odor fear, alarm pheromones…
• Sniffing behavior and its modulation during olfactory learning and/or social behaviors
The goal of this Research Topic is to bring together cutting edge research on diverse species and developmental stages, highlighting convergence and divergence between humans and animals to facilitate translational research.
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