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Chemosensory processing in chemical communication  

This study investigates how the rat amygdala processes and assigns salience to chemosensory information (or smell). The amygdala is a primary brain area involved in evaluating sensory and social information of all kinds, both in rodents and in humans. The rodent amygdala uses circuits to analyze and classify chemosensory signals that have common features with circuits used by other species – including humans – to analyze and classify other types of sensory stimuli. Researchers propose to study the activation of these circuits in behaving animals at the cellular level in the brain. The outcomes of this research may shed new light on these brain processes, which may be involved in autism or other disorders of sensory evaluation, affect and communication. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $284,599.00
Current Award Period 2007-2012
Project Number 5R01DC005813-06
Principal Investigator Meredith, Michael
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Subcategory Sensory and Motor Function
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Florida State University
State/Country Florida
Web Link 1 Chemosensory processing in chemical communication (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Chemosensory processing in chemical communication | $287,963.00 | 2009 | 5R01DC005813-05
Chemosensory processing in chemical communication | $280,890.00 | 2008 | R01DC005813-04A2