Depressive-like behavior and welfare

January 2018 Animal Welfare Hot Topic

Modeling effects of social stress on depression in a macaque without extreme procedures.

For this quarter’s Hot Topics in Welfare feature, we highlight the research of Dr. Michael Hennessy, Professor of Psychology and faculty member in the Behavioral Neuroscience group at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Dr. Hennessy has long studied effects of social separation and social buffering in various rodent and primate species. He also does welfare research to reduce the stress of dogs in animal shelters. Dr. Hennessy shares with us the findings of he and colleagues from the California National Primate Research Center from a paper recently published in Social Neuroscience: Depressive-like behavior, its sensitization, social buffering, and altered cytokine responses in rhesus macaques moved from outdoor social groups to indoor housing by Michael Hennessy, Katie Chun, and John Capitanio.

For study details and additional references, view a presentation on this topic with a voiceover by Michael Hennessy.

For more information, contact Dr. Hennessy at michael.hennessy@wright.edu or visit his website: http://psych-scholar.wright.edu/hennessy/

Cite this work:

Hennessy MB, Chun K, Capitanio J. 2017. Depressive-like behavior, its sensitization, social buffering, and altered cytokine responses in rhesus macaques moved from outdoor social groups to indoor housing. Social Neuroscience 12:65-75.

 

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