Stress, social behavior, and resilience: insights from rodents

Neurobiol Stress. 2015 Jan 1;1:116-127. doi: 10.1016/j.ynstr.2014.10.004.


The neurobiology of stress and the neurobiology of social behavior are deeply intertwined. The social environment interacts with stress on almost every front: social interactions can be potent stressors; they can buffer the response to an external stressor; and social behavior often changes in response to stressful life experience. This review explores mechanistic and behavioral links between stress, anxiety, resilience, and social behavior in rodents, with particular attention to different social contexts. We consider variation between several different rodent species and make connections to research on humans and non-human primates.

Keywords: affiliation; anxiety; coping; review; rodents; social behavior; social buffering; social stress; sociality; stress; stress-resilience.