Fluctuations in brain temperature during sexual interaction in male rats: an approach for evaluating neural activity underlying motivated behavior.

@article{Kiyatkin2003FluctuationsIB,
  title={Fluctuations in brain temperature during sexual interaction in male rats: an approach for evaluating neural activity underlying motivated behavior.},
  author={Eugene A Kiyatkin and Robert D Mitchum},
  journal={Neuroscience},
  year={2003},
  volume={119 4},
  pages={1169-83}
}
Since metabolic activity is accompanied by heat release, measurement of brain temperatures offers a method for assessing behavior-associated changes in neural activity. To explore this possibility, we monitored local brain (nucleus accumbens, medial-preoptic hypothalamus, and hippocampus) and body (temporal muscle) temperature in an experienced male rat during sexual behavior with a sexually receptive female. Placement of the female into a neighboring compartment increased the male's… CONTINUE READING

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