Animal models to investigate social support induced anxiety reductions

Sreeparna Majumdar, Elizabeth A. Lungwitz, Katharine D. Andrews, Joanna E. Chambers, William A. Truitt

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Social support is a powerful tool for reducing anxiety and a critical component of successful interpersonal therapies used to treat anxiety disorders. Social contact reduces anxiety-like behavior in animal models and the type or quality of social contact can affect the degree to which anxiety is reduced. Here, we focus on preclinical research investigating interactions between models of social support and anxiety with emphasis on how social support may augment safety learning as a means to reduce anxiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeurobiology of Abnormal Emotion and Motivated Behaviors
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Animal and Human Research
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780128136935
ISBN (Print)9780128136942
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Animal model
  • Anxiety
  • Safety learning
  • Social buffering
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)

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