Abstract # 6062 Event # 30:

Scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014 04:05 PM-04:20 PM: Session 9 (Mary Gay) Symposium


'UNUSUAL' ANIMAL MODELS: THE ROLE OF SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT AND EARLY EXPERIENCE IN HEALTHY AGING

K. L. Bales
UC-Davis, Dept of Psychology and California National Primate Research Center, Davis, CA 95616, USA
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     Social bonds in non-human primates and humans are crucial for normal development and healthy aging. Rhesus monkeys, the primary biomedical primate model, give the advantage of complex social structure and social relationships such as friendships and alliances. In contrast, socially monogamous New World species such as coppery titi monkeys (Callicebus cupreus) allow us to study attachments between adults and, particularly, strong social bonds in males. In this talk I will discuss our findings on the neurobiological basis of pair-bonds in captive titi monkeys, the role of early parenting received on later outcomes including healthy expression of adult social behaviors, developmental manipulations including chronic intranasal oxytocin, and their long-term effects on titi monkey health and social relationships. These findings hold relevance for the interpretation of field data on social behavior in titi monkeys, as well as for our understanding of the neurobiological basis of social bonds in primates in general (including humans). As strong social bonds are one of the best predictors of healthy aging, an understanding of their mechanism is important. This research was funded by HD053555, HD071998, and ODP51OD01107.