Robert D. Lisk

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Primiparous female hamsters were mated to proven breeders and stressed during early pregnancy. Females were housed singly throughout gestation except for Days 4, 5 and 6 when they were paired for 10-min intervals 3 times each day with another female matched for age, weight and day of pregnancy. Within each of the pairs, one female was consistently dominant(More)
Levels of circulating progesterone (P) were significantly reduced in socially subordinate female golden hamsters following brief exposures to another female. Reduced P levels were accompanied by an increased incidence of implantation failure when social interactions occurred on days 2-4 after mating and by increased fetal mortality when interactions(More)
Pairs of female hamsters were acclimated to seminatural enclosures and permitted to interact for brief periods on days 12-14 of gestation or on days 2-4 of lactation. In one experimental paradigm, food was provided in excess of the daily requirements while in a second, food rations were restricted. Control females were similarly housed and fed but were not(More)
Pairs of hamsters were housed in large enclosures that contained separate male and female living areas and observed over the 4-day estrous cycle and after ovariectomy. Agonistic elements exhibited frequently by females included on-back, boxing, lateral posturing, and biting, whereas males engaged frequently in boxing and on-back patterns of behavior.(More)
Recently mated female golden hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) were paired with 12-day pregnant animals for three 10-min periods on 3 consecutive days. Pregnancy success was significantly reduced among subordinate recently mated females whereas litter size was significantly reduced among subordinate 12-day pregnant females. Additional results indicated that(More)