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Developmental psychobiological influences on rodent parental behavior.

Authors
  • Kinsley, C H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1994
Volume
18
Issue
2
Pages
269–280
Identifiers
PMID: 7914687
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

The present paper focuses on the development, broadly defined, of parental responsiveness. Both sexes can respond to young with parental behavior, in the absence of elaborate experimental manipulations; yet, through the combined natural forces of ontogeny and maturation, organizational influences of hormones, and adult modifications of neurochemical sensitivity, these animals can be rendered more or less sensitive to young. We will explore the ways in which such developmental alterations determine whether or not an animal is responsive to neonates.

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