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Title: Why behavioral neuroscience still needs diversity? : A curious case of a persistent need
Authors: Mathuru, Ajay S.
Libersat, Frédéric
Vyas, Ajai
Teseo, Serafino
Keywords: Science::Biological sciences
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Mathuru, A. S., Libersat, F., Vyas, A., & Teseo, S. (2020). Why behavioral neuroscience still needs diversity?: A curious case of a persistent need. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 116, 130–141. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.06.021
Journal: Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews
Abstract: In the past few decades, a substantial portion of neuroscience research has moved from studies conducted across a spectrum of animals to reliance on a few species. While this undoubtedly promotes consistency, in-depth analysis, and a better claim to unraveling molecular mechanisms, investing heavily in a subset of species also restricts the type of questions that can be asked, and impacts the generalizability of findings. A conspicuous body of literature has long advocated the need to expand the diversity of animal systems used in neuroscience research. Part of this need is utilitarian with respect to translation, but the remaining is the knowledge that historically, a diverse set of species were instrumental in obtaining transformative understanding. We argue that diversifying matters also because the current approach limits the scope of what can be discovered. Technological advancements are already bridging several practical gaps separating these two worlds. What remains is a wholehearted embrace by the community that has benefitted from past history. We suggest the time for it is now.
ISSN: 0149-7634
DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.06.021
Rights: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews and is made available with permission of Elsevier Ltd.
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