A circuit model of social transmission of food preference

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Greene Science Center, 9th Floor, 3227 Broadway, New York
Exposure to odors emanating from a conspecific can influence the food choice, a phenomenon called social transmission of food preference (STFP). The piriform cortex codes olfactory perceptions, while the inactivation of neurons in the nucleus accumbens triggers consumption. The neural circuit and cellular substrate of this transition from olfactory perception to value-based action however remains elusive. Here we provide evidence for synaptic plasticity in the mPFC driving the food preference.
Christian L├╝scher, MD, PhD
Home Institution: 
University of Geneva
Event Types: 
Neurobiology Seminars