Peggy Mason is a Professor in the neurobiology department at the University of Chicago. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Harvard University in 1983 and then continued on to earn her Ph.D. in 1987. Her early research interests examined cellular mechanisms of pain modulation. Such work in this area has focused on the role of serotonergic cells (Gao and Mason 1997; Mason et al. 2007) and pain modulation circuits in everyday life (Foo and Mason 2009).
Dr. Peggy Mason’s research focus has recently switched from cellular mechanisms of pain modulation to empathy and prosocial behavior in rats. In her current experiments, free rats are placed in an arena with a conspecific that is locked in a restrainer. Free rats are then able to open and release the restrained cage mate (Bartal et al. 2011). Dr. Mason and her colleagues found that the rats opened the cage more often when a trapped conspecific was present versus when...
- Bartal, I. B. A., Rodgers, D. A., Sarria, M. S. B., Decety, J., & Mason, P. (2014). Pro-social behavior in rats is modulated by social experience. eLife, 3, e01385.Google Scholar
- Shan, H., Bartal, I.B.A., Mason, P. (2016). A rodent model of social rejection. bioRxiv. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/066993 [pre-print].