Project Advisor(s)

Dr. Shara Stough

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

It is well-known that social support before, during or after a fear-inducing event can reduce a variety of fear responses in humans and animals (Hostinar, Sullivan, & Gunnar, 2014). This phenomenon, known as social buffering, is relevant to the study of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Secure attachments with caregivers early in childhood critically impact the development of the hypothamalic-pituitary-adrenal axis that mediates the stress response (Gunnar, Brodersen, Nachmias, Buss & Rigatuso, 1996), and perceived social support before and after a traumatic event has been shown to reduce the severity of PTSD symptoms (Ozer, Best, Lipsey & Weiss, 2003). In the animal literature, these types of social support are referred to as “housing-type social buffering.”

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Exposure-Type Social Buffering of Predator-Induced Fear Behavior in Young Domestic Chicks

It is well-known that social support before, during or after a fear-inducing event can reduce a variety of fear responses in humans and animals (Hostinar, Sullivan, & Gunnar, 2014). This phenomenon, known as social buffering, is relevant to the study of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Secure attachments with caregivers early in childhood critically impact the development of the hypothamalic-pituitary-adrenal axis that mediates the stress response (Gunnar, Brodersen, Nachmias, Buss & Rigatuso, 1996), and perceived social support before and after a traumatic event has been shown to reduce the severity of PTSD symptoms (Ozer, Best, Lipsey & Weiss, 2003). In the animal literature, these types of social support are referred to as “housing-type social buffering.”