Special Issue "Effects of Hormones on the Nervous System and Behavior"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.
Interests: neuroendocrinology; neuropeptides; sex steroids; central nervous system; autonomic nervous system; socio-sexual behaviors; sexual dimorphism in the brain; spinal cord; hypothalamus
Instinct behaviors are inherent in most animals. These control mechanisms are formed and maintained by complicated neural circuits. The neurohypophysial hormones (neuropeptides) oxytocin and vasopressin control a series of behaviors, including territorial behavior, courtship behavior, pair bonding, reproductive behavior, and nurturing behavior, in addition to the peripheral functions; e.g., antidiuretic and reproductive functions. Steroid hormones, such as sex steroids and corticosteroids, also regulate various social behaviors, including sexual, aggressive, and parental behaviors, food intake, stress responses, mood regulation, and social anxiety, and modulate the somatosensory system and inflammation. Considering how these behaviors at the organismal level are regulated, ‘hormonal regulations’ appear to play an important role in these behaviors in addition to the neural activation. However, we do not fully understand how and when ‘hormones’ act on the nervous system and regulate these behaviors.
This Special Issue aims to collect state-of-the-art primary research studies and review articles from international experts and diverse leading groups in the field to update our current understanding of neuroendocrinological mechanisms underlying courtship–reproductive behavior, pair bonding, nurturing, biological rhythms, feardaunn, anxiety, escape, food intake, the somatosensory system, stress response/coping, and any other social behaviors. Suitable studies that use both vertebrates and invertebrates are welcome.
Assoc. Prof. Hirotaka Sakamoto
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- steroid hormones;
- central nervous system;
- autonomic nervous system;
- sexual behavior;
- social behavior;
- stress responses;
- mood disorder.