About this Research Topic
Although ambient temperatures bring about significantly disrupted cognitive and innate behaviors, the underlying neural mechanisms remain lacking. Converging scale and behavioral tests have revealed impaired cognitive performance under heat or cold stress. However, the lack of electrophysiological and neuroimaging evidence makes it difficult to accurately locate the target areas and neural circuits underlying the disrupted cognitive performances. Regarding innate behaviors under extreme thermal exposures, current research has focused on the neural activity directly related to temperature changes such as autonomic thermoregulation and energy homeostasis, while other closely related innate behaviors such as eating, drinking, behavioral thermoregulation (e.g., cold and heat defensive behaviors), and even sleep are not fully understood.
To address the above issues, this Research Topic welcomes submissions describing the neural mechanisms of cognitive behaviors and innate behaviors under thermal stresses (e.g., cold or heat stress), including but not limited to the following:
• Neural mechanism for high-level cognitive functions of humans (e.g., attention, memory) under extreme thermal stresses;
• Neural circuitry mechanism for innate behaviors (e.g., feeding, drinking, behavioral thermoregulation and sleep) under extreme thermal stresses;
• Neural mechanism for pathological fever-related innate behavior abnormality (e.g., inflammation-associated anorexia);
• Neural mechanism for homeostasis (e.g., thermal homeostasis, energy homeostasis, fluid homeostasis, etc.) under extreme thermal stresses.
Keywords: heat stress, cold stress, thermal exposure, cognitive performance, innate behavior, thermoregulation, homeostasis
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