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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Medicine

    Developing a theoretical evolutionary framework to solve the mystery of parturition initiation

    Antonis Rokas et al.
    This review considers the evolutionary processes and physiological mechanisms that maintain or end pregnancy in mammals to formulate general, testable theoretical models that provide insights into the biology of parturition.
    1. Ecology

    Group size and composition influence collective movement in a highly social terrestrial bird

    Danai Papageorgiou, Damien Roger Farine
    High-resolution GPS data revealed a quadratic relationship between group size and movement, with vulturine guineafowl groups of intermediate size exhibiting the largest home-range size and greater variation in site use.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Sex-specific effects of cooperative breeding and colonial nesting on prosociality in corvids

    Lisa Horn et al.
    A systematic experimental comparison of prosocial behavior in eight corvid species reveals sex-specific effects of cooperative breeding and colonial nesting, thereby adding important new insights regarding the evolution of prosociality.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Learning steers the ontogeny of an efficient hunting sequence in zebrafish larvae

    Konstantinos Lagogiannis et al.
    Early hunting experience modifies the kinematics of hunting in larval zebrafish to increase the probability of successfully capturing live prey.
    1. Neuroscience

    Vicarious reward unblocks associative learning about novel cues in male rats

    Sander van Gurp et al.
    Rats learn to interpret cues predicting rewards delivered to social partners as valuable, but only if social information exchange is possible.
    1. Neuroscience

    Empathic pain evoked by sensory and emotional-communicative cues share common and process-specific neural representations

    Feng Zhou et al.
    Machine learning analyses reveal that the observation of acute pain inflictions and facial expressions of pain evoke shared pain-specific neural representations.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Neural arbitration between social and individual learning systems

    Andreea Oliviana Diaconescu et al.
    Arbitration is formalised as the relative precision of predictions afforded by reward and social learning systems and is represented in modality-specific dopaminergic and dopaminoceptive regions, including the midbrain and amygdala.
    1. Ecology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Revealing the structure of information flows discriminates similar animal social behaviors

    Gabriele Valentini et al.
    Information theory reveals that apparently similar signaling behaviors in ants and termites are instead governed by distinct communication protocols explaining their underlying different functions.
    1. Ecology
    2. Neuroscience

    The social life of Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus)

    Manon K Schweinfurth
    Rats are highly social animals that show complex social skills, which has not been acknowledged enough when controlling them in the wild and conducting research in the laboratory.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Altered corticolimbic connectivity reveals sex-specific adolescent outcomes in a rat model of early life adversity

    Jennifer A Honeycutt et al.
    Early life adversity led to hyper-innervation from the basolateral amygdala to the prefrontal cortex earlier in females than males and disrupted maturation of functional connectivity, which predicted anxiety-like outcomes.