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Sex differences in learning - shared principles across taxa

Molina-García, L; Barrios, A; (2018) Sex differences in learning - shared principles across taxa. Current Opinion in Physiology , 6 pp. 65-74. 10.1016/j.cophys.2018.05.004. Green open access

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Abstract

Male and female brains exhibit differences in anatomy, neurochemistry and functional connectivity, all of which can influence behaviour. Flexibility through learning is an important aspect of behaviour. Learning enhances survival by allowing animals to modify their behavioural responses to a changing environment based on their previous experiences. However, despite its universality and physiological relevance, learned behaviour has been less well studied than innate behaviour within the context of sexual dimorphism. In this review, we provide a comparative overview of the cellular, molecular and evolutionary mechanisms underlying sex differences in several forms of learning across taxa.

Type: Article
Title: Sex differences in learning - shared principles across taxa
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.cophys.2018.05.004
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cophys.2018.05.004
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: sexual dimorphism; learning; Drosophila; C. elegans; mouse; human; songbird; fear conditioning; navigation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Cell and Developmental Biology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10059253
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