Developmental plasticity of HPA and fear responses in rats: A critical review of the maternal mediation hypothesis

@article{Macr2006DevelopmentalPO,
  title={Developmental plasticity of HPA and fear responses in rats: A critical review of the maternal mediation hypothesis},
  author={Simone Macr{\`i} and Hanno W{\"u}rbel},
  journal={Hormones and Behavior},
  year={2006},
  volume={50},
  pages={667-680}
}

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