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date: 08 May 2021

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A great deal of behavior occurs in a social context. It has become obvious that social and environmental variables can have a profound influence on behavior, neurochemistry, physiology, and the effects of drugs. This chapter highlights one facet of social neuroscience—the effects of being dominant in social environments. It focuses on animal models, describing several important independent variables using both rodent and nonhuman primate models. It focuses on adults rather than adolescents to better emphasize the powerful role of social rank in brain function and disease progression.

Keywords: social neuroscience, epigenetics, dominance, social environment, animal models

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