in : mice share emotions of their partners by observing them experiencing fear or relief.
📄 Smith et al. (2021) Anterior cingulate inputs to nucleus accumbens control the social transfer of pain and analgesia. Science 371:153–159

Are we constantly but subconsciously smelling each other? Excellent special issue of Phil.Trans.R.Soc on chemical communication in human.
Roberts et al. (2020) Human olfactory communication: current challenges and future prospects

The CNRS has just released a pretty cool video (in French) about our work on in . Many thanks to them!

Is the of driven by neurobiological or cultural constraints? An analysis based on the comparison of 2474 languages reveals that emotion words vary in meaning across languages, but some general trends are conserved between geographically distant cultures.
📄 Jackson et al. (2019) Emotion semantics show both cultural variation and universal structure. Science 366:1517–1522

Emotional reactivity predicts cognitive performance in a species.
📄 Gibelli et al. (2019) Individual differences in anxiety are related to differences in learning performance and cognitive style. Animal Behaviour 157:121–128

Emotional contagion in : experiments based on judgement bias paradigm showed that exhibited bias after perceiving demonstrators in a negative state.
📄 Adriaense et al. (2019) Negative emotional contagion and cognitive bias in common ravens (Corvus corax). PNAS 116:11547–11552

Congratulations to Chloé Laubu for her new paper about emotional attachment to the sexual partner in a species.
📄 Laubu et al. (2019) Pair-bonding influences affective state in a monogamous fish species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286:20190760

We managed to teach fish how to open boxes, and we used this set-up to assess their : the absence of their partner makes our fish gloomy. The news is creating quite the buzz.


Since recent studies recently accumulated evidences for sophisticated in , we must now improve our ethical practices and reconsider the use of these species in our experimental procedures.
📄 Drinkwater et al. (2019) Keeping invertebrate research ethical in a landscape of shifting public opinion. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Chloé Laubu will publicly defend her thesis about " and in a monogamous fish" on Wednesday 19th December 2018, in the university of Burgundy, Dijon, France