The neurobiology of social play behaviour: past, present and future.

Publication date: Jul 14, 2023

Social play behaviour is a highly energetic and rewarding activity that is of great importance for the development of brain and behaviour. Social play is abundant during the juvenile and early adolescent phases of life, and it occurs in most mammalian species, as well as in certain birds and reptiles. To date, the majority of research into the neural mechanisms of social play behaviour has been performed in male rats. In the present review we summarize studies on the neurobiology of social play behaviour in rats, including work on pharmacological and genetic models for autism spectrum disorders, early life manipulations and environmental factors that influence play in rats. We describe several recent developments that expand the field, and highlight outstanding questions that may guide future studies.

Concepts Keywords
Abundant brain
Autism neurodevelopmental disorders
Environmental neurotransmission
Neurobiology rats
Rats social play behaviour


Type Source Name
disease MESH autism spectrum disorders
disease MESH neurodevelopmental disorders

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