Acute and repeated gestational stress affect offspring learning and activity in rats.

@article{Weller1988AcuteAR,
  title={Acute and repeated gestational stress affect offspring learning and activity in rats.},
  author={Aron Weller and H. Glaubman and Shlomo Yehuda and T Caspy and Y Ben-Uria},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={1988},
  volume={43 2},
  pages={139-43}
}
This study assessed possible long-lasting effects of mild, indirect prenatal stress upon offspring. Dams were restrained for 30 minutes either once or four times during the third trimester of gestation. Their male offspring were challenged in adulthood with a series of appetitive operant learning tasks. Both acute and repeated prenatal maternal restraint retarded the performance of the offspring in a selective manner: deficits appeared during the reversal stage of an operant discrimination task… CONTINUE READING