Social cognition in the rodent: nothing to be sniffed at

Trends Cogn Sci. 2013 Jul;17(7):306-7. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2013.04.011. Epub 2013 May 7.


The rat is emerging as a powerful model for studying cognition and its neural bases. Extending this work to the social domain requires understanding better how rats transmit and interpret social information. A recent study highlights a novel role for sniffing as a channel for such social communication.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animal Communication*
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology*
  • Female
  • Hierarchy, Social*
  • Inhalation / physiology*
  • Male
  • Social Behavior*