Intercontinental Academia - Talk with Carolina Escobar

Adjustment to temporal cycles and the dangers of disrupted biological rhythms. Organisms living on Earth are exposed to geographical cycles which require rhythmic adjustments in behavior and physiology in order to anticipate these cyclic changes. In this talk temporal cycles and their impact on individuals were discussed, as well as the mechanisms that allow temporal adaptation. Next, the relevance of a correct synchrony between the biological timing and the external cycles were discussed as a factor for health and wellbeing. Finally experimental models for temporal disruption were presented and the results obtained with such models indicating the loss of homeostasis and of behavioral adaptation.