03 Sep 2020

Social experiences impact zebrafish from an early age

A collaborative study by the Vision and Action lab and the Collective Behaviour lab demonstrates that early social experiences have an effect on the behaviour of zebrafish even at an age when they are still not considered “social”.

Social experiences impact zebrafish from an early age

It is commonly said that childhood experiences shape adult behaviour; that events that we may not even remember can have long-lasting, maybe even permanent effects.

In a A collaborative study by the Vision and Action lab and the Collective Behaviour lab, published in Current Biology, experiments using zebrafish show that social experiences during the very first week of development impact behaviour at an early larval stage, before the fish are considered ‘social’. This suggests that these experiences mark the fish much earlier than previously thought.

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