Circuit Architecture Underlying Distinct Components of Parental Care

Eva K. Fischer, Lauren A. O'Connell

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Parental care is a key evolutionary innovation that influences the fitness of parents and offspring. How the brain coordinates such a complex behavior remains poorly understood. Kohl and colleagues recently uncovered the organizational principles of hypothalamic galanin neurons and their connections in mice. Their findings revealed a striking picture in which discrete neuronal pools control distinct aspects of parental behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-336
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Neurosciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • evolutionary neuroscience
  • galanin
  • neural circuits
  • parental care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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