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Most behavior is controlled by the brain, which receives, processes, and then acts upon sensory inputs from the environment, often through respondent and operant behaviors. The brain is a highly complex organ and is being intensely studied (see the multi-million dollar BRAIN Initiative funded by the federal government). Because the brain is so complicated, both basic and clinical research move relatively slowly, and this often results in behavior professionals reaching for explanations or interventions that aren’t yet certain. For example, in the behavior field, we often hear or make statements about the limbic system as a controller of “emotions” and other factors impacting behavior, without fully understanding the status of the data. Unfortunately this can result in oversimplification or misinterpretation. Some specific examples that will be covered include: People should prevent their dogs from having low serotonin levels, either through diet, medication or other means, in order to treat or avoid aggression problems That having a dog “go limbic” must be avoided, and that Clicker training is more effective than other techniques because it uniquely recruits the limbic system. And MORE! This talk will cover basic neurobiology, then focus on neurotransmitter and limbic system research to offer insights on what is known or unknown and whether/how this data can be applied by animal behavior and training professionals.
Sponsor:Animal Behavior Associates
Speaker(s):Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB and Dan Estep, Ph.D., CAAB, and Dr. Mindy Waite