Reading marmoset behavior 'semantics' under particular social context by multi-parameters correlation analysis

Mamiko Koshiba, Koki Mimura, Yasushi Sugiura, Teruhisa Okuya, Aya Senoo, Hidetoshi Ishibashi, Shun Nakamura

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Social interactions are a fundamental aspect of human and animal behavior. Although neuroimaging and other non-invasive methods have progressed recently, the neurobiology of social behavior requires the use of animal models. Here, we introduced a multi-behavior parameter integration method and applied it to female-male interaction of adult common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Based on the correlated parameters and meeting context, we found that the behavioral endpoints clustered in four distinct categories, which could be interpreted as active, freeze, alert, and affinity emotional states. The relevance of this interpretation was supported as the female behavior category change positively correlated with serum cortisol and progesterone levels after social interaction. Thus, our multi-behavior parameter integration method may be useful to evaluate social emotionality in animal models, as well as to quantify social behavior in human psychiatric disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1499-1504
Number of pages6
JournalProgress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 1


  • Emotion
  • Marmoset
  • Multivariate behavior analysis
  • Social behavior
  • Steroid hormone


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