Effect of Intraseptal Vasotocin and Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide Infusions on Courtship Song and Aggression in the Male Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

  title={Effect of Intraseptal Vasotocin and Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide Infusions on Courtship Song and Aggression in the Male Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)},
  author={Goodson and Adkins‐Regan},
  journal={Journal of Neuroendocrinology},
The present experiments were conducted to test the hypothesis that septal arginine vasotocin (AVT) and vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) modulate directed song (a courtship behaviour) and aggression in male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Subjects were surgically fitted with a guide cannula directed at the septum. Following recovery they were tested for aggression and directed song following infusions of AVT, its antagonist (anti‐vasopressin, AVP), and saline volume control. Infusion… 

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