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This paradigm distinguished between two hypotheses not previously directly addressed. Do repeated exposures to cocaine at critical times during pregnancy, when the neural mechanisms that support maternal behavior are being read, alter some fundamental neural underpinning of maternal behavior in rats? Alternatively, does cocaine alter maternal behavior only(More)
Cocaine was microinfused bilaterally (50 microg/0.5 microl/side) into the medial preoptic area (MPOA) or nucleus accumbens (NA), 2 regions within the rat brain neural circuit known to mediate maternal behavior (MB). Additionally, 2 sites not involved in this neural circuit, the dorsal striatum and dorsal medial hippocampus, were used as control sites.(More)
We have determined the temporal pattern of plasma cocaine levels and increased activity that result from acute systemic injections of cocaine to female rats in two different endocrine and behavioral states, in nonmaternal virgins and in lactating maternal dams. Plasma levels of cocaine as well as ambulatory and rearing activity were determined every 30 min(More)
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