Sociogenomics is the study of social life at the molecular level. This field seeks to characterize the molecular mechanisms that regulate both the production and evolution of social behavior, including the molecular pathways that are influenced by social information, and thereby adjust the behavior of organisms to their social context. This article outlines general issues, mechanistic and evolutionary, associated with sociogenomics, followed by brief accounts of select examples. The article ends by outlining areas of future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Animal Behavior
EditorsMichael D Breed, Janice Moore
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780080453378
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Cichlid fish
  • Fire ants
  • Genomics
  • Honeybees
  • Rhesus macaques
  • Social behavior
  • Swordtail fish
  • Voles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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