Research Highlight: The role of nicotinic receptors in social decision making
ENP team leader Sylvie Granon and her group recently published a novel finding about the role of nicotinic receptors in social decision making. They demonstrated that mice lacking the beta2 subunit of these receptors had impaired social decision making. Despite having similar motivation levels, beta2 null mice struggled to make flexible social decisions. In addition, they showed that ultrasonic communication is largely enhanced by a real social interaction as compared to a partial one.
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Chabout J, Cressant A, Hu X, Edeline JM, Granon S. Making choice between competing rewards in uncertain vs. safe social environment: role of neuronal nicotinic receptors of acetylcholine. Front Hum Neurosci. 27 Aug 2013. 7:468.