The study of zebrafish (Danio rerio) cognition is being increasingly recognized for its complexity and the translational insights it offers into neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative, and behavioral conditions. The transparent nature of zebrafish larvae, combined with their genetic tractability, presents a unique avenue to unravel the complexities of cognition at the neural circuitry level. Understanding how zebrafish process their environment, make decisions, and engage in social behaviors allows us to shed light on the processes of neurogenesis that give rise to advanced thought.
Delineating zebrafish cognition offers more than just an understanding of the fish itself; it provides a platform for comparative neuroethology, allowing researchers to identify evolutionary trends in vertebrate cognition, and potentially opening avenues for research in human cognitive disorders.
To further our comprehension of the cognitive landscape of zebrafish, BMC Neuroscience aims to collate cutting-edge research on the following topics:
• Neural circuits and network dynamics underlying zebrafish cognition
• Influence of genetics, environmental factors, and hormonal shifts on zebrafish cognitive abilities
• Progress in our understanding of zebrafish cognitive models in relation to neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders
• Cognitive behaviors of zebrafish: from learning paradigms to social interactions
• Neurogenetics of cognition: understanding gene expression and its influence on neural plasticity in zebrafish
• Unique cellular specializations in the zebrafish brain that facilitate cognitive processes
• Influence of various neurotransmitters on zebrafish cognition and behavior
• Evolutionary perspectives on zebrafish cognition: drawing parallels with other vertebrate species
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