Follow That Fish – Understanding Alcohol And Social Behavior

Alcohol consumption affects social behavior, as any college student can tell you. But does it have to have such an effect? A new study from New York University’s (NYU) Polytechnic School of Engineering suggests that the complex interplay between alcohol and social behavior can be understood and the negative effects perhaps mitigated. Their groundbreaking experiments, described in the journal Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research, center on an unlikely test subject: the zebrafish.

Maurizio Porfiri, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the school’s Dynamical Systems Laboratory, led a team of scientists that included NYU School of Engineering Research Scholar Fabrizio Ladu and Postdoctoral Fellow Sachit Butail, along with Visiting Scientist Simone Macrì, Ph.D., of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome, Italy.

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