Mar 19 2020

LIN Seminar: “Influence of social experience on neural circuits of mood” by Amiel Rosenkranz, Chicago Medical School & Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

March 19, 2020

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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4289 SELE


840 West Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607

Our development and much of our daily experiences are dominated by our social interactions. This social environment can produce positive or negative influences on our mood and emotion. A network of brain regions is activated by social cues, and some of these regions  are also involved in mood regulation. While activity in this network is altered in individuals that have experienced trauma and abuse, and this is associated with depression, anxiety, and social abnormalities, little is known about the cellular mechanisms by which these regions link social information with mood. Our studies focus on one hub of this network, the amygdala, and try to uncover the role of this structure in aspects of social motivation and social receptivity. Using electrophysiological and behavioral approaches, we found that a circuit within the amygdala is required for key social functions, and is highly sensitive to social environment. These studies help us understand how social environment can produce changes in neural circuits that may ultimately lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Faculty Host: Mitchell Roitman


Emily Beaufort

Date posted

Jan 30, 2020

Date updated

Mar 12, 2020