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Talk by Dr. Yoram Ben-Shaul

Department of Medical Neurobiology and the Institute for Medical Research Israel Canda (IMRIC), Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

21 Aug 2013 13:30
21 Aug 2013 15:00

Neuronal processing of Social Signals in the Vomeronasal Amygdala

Our group is interested in how reproductively relevant information is represented and processed by the nervous system to elicit behavioral and physiological outputs. In many animals, including mice, the vomeronasal chemosensory system plays a key role in this process. The focus of my talk will be the vomeronasal amygdala, a key node in the vomeronasal circuit that receives information from the accessory olfactory bulb, and thus forms the second stage of brain processing in the vomeronasal system. After briefly review my previous work on in-vivo responses in the mouse accessory olfactory bulb, I will describe more recent
recordings from the vomeronasal amygdala. I will highlight several ways by which neuronal representations in this region differ from those in the accessory olfactory bulb and discuss the implications of these differences for information processing of reproductive cues.