12. Endocrinology of social behaviour

Endocrinology of social behaviour
Chair: Ton Groothuis (University of Groningen) and Manfred Gahr (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen)

The importance of the integration between mechanistic and eco-evolutionary approaches to behaviour is increasingly recognized, because physiological/neurobiological mechanisms determine the potential and limitations of eco-evolutionary processes – and vice versa. Given the theme of the conference, sociality, we offer a symposium on endocrinological mechanisms underlying social behaviour in an eco-evolutionary framework. We aim for a diversity of studies, both in terms of taxa, hormones and behaviour, in order to stimulate such an integrative approach, needed for a full understanding of social behaviour.

Carsten de DreuOxytocin has Tend-and-Defend Functionality Across Group-living Vertebrates
Adria LeBoeufEndocrinology at the superorganismal scale
Stefan Fischer, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, AustriaThe role of the stress axis in mediating behavioural flexibility in a social cichlid, Neolamprologus pulcher
Kat Bebbington, University of Groningen, Groningen, the NetherlandsProlactin as a measure of evolutionary conflict between social partners
Wolfgang Goymann, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, GermanyAndrogen-aided amazons – classical polyandry in coucals is associated with testosterone in females but not males

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