9. Social behaviour and disease – in humans and beyond

Social behaviour and disease – in humans and beyond
Chairs: tba

The current pandemic provides an urgent illustration of the impact of social behaviour on disease dynamics: governments around the globe have urged their populations to ‘socially distance’ in order to reduce the spread of the new corona virus – thereby following strategies dating back to the middle ages but using state-of the art theoretical models of social behaviour. At the same time, social interactions are crucial for wellbeing, in humans and other animals alike. In this symposium we aim to address the many intersections between social behaviour and health. How does healthy social behaviour develop and how does it change in the course of life? How is it affected by life events and by disease? How does social behaviour affect pathogen spread and can we adequately model this? We aim to address these questions by bringing together contributions from psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, neurosciences and behavioural biology.

Raffaela Lesch, Institute of Animal Welfare Science, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, AustriaOwner perception of companion cat welfare

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