Developmental Social Environment Imprints Female Preference for Male Song in Mice

  title={Developmental Social Environment Imprints Female Preference for Male Song in Mice},
  author={Akari Asaba and Shota Okabe and Miho Nagasawa and Masahiro Kato and Nobuyoshi Koshida and Takuya Osakada and Kazutaka Mogi and Takefumi Kikusui},
  booktitle={PloS one},
BACKGROUND Sexual imprinting is important for kin recognition and for promoting outbreeding, and has been a driving force for evolution; however, little is known about sexual imprinting by auditory cues in mammals. Male mice emit song-like ultrasonic vocalizations that possess strain-specific characteristics. OBJECTIVES In this study, we asked whether female mice imprint and prefer specific characteristics in male songs. METHODS AND FINDINGS We used the two-choice test to determine the song… CONTINUE READING
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