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Win to Fight and Lose to Flight: Innate Yet Flexible Aggression Circuit

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Dayu Lin, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry and Department of Neuroscience and Physiology
Grossman School of Medicine
New York University

Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar: Win to Fight and Lose to Flight: Innate Yet Flexible Aggression Circuit

Date: March 24, 2023

Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.


About this Seminar

Aggression is an innate behavior across animal species. It is essential for competing for food, defending territory, securing mates, and protecting families and oneself. Since initiating an attack requires no explicit learning, the neural circuit underlying aggression is believed to be genetically and developmentally hardwired. Despite being innate, aggression is highly plastic. It is influenced by a wide variety of experiences, particularly winning and losing previous encounters. Numerous studies have shown that winning leads to an increased tendency to fight while losing leads to flight in future encounters. In the talk, Dr. Lin will present her lab's recent findings regarding the neural mechanisms underlying the behavioral changes caused by winning and losing.

Additional Details

This is a free event hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and co-sponsored by the institute's Center for Neurobiology Research. The Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series, which runs annually from September to May, has featured leading biomedical researchers from throughout the country since the program began in 2012. The lectures are also open to all members of the Virginia Tech community including graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff, as well as the public.

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