By: Sarah Certel, Univ of Montana-Missoula

Host: Ylva Engström

 

Receiving and deciphering environmental cues is essential for survival and reproduction.
How does the brain interpret the ever-changing external world and direct the correct behavioral response?
Our recent studies indicate octopaminergic neuromodulatory neurons function as early as a second-order step in a chemosensory-driven pathway to initiate male aggression and courtship behaviors in the appropriate context.