Hypothalamic and olfactory control of sexual behavior and partner preference in male rats.

@article{Edwards1996HypothalamicAO,
  title={Hypothalamic and olfactory control of sexual behavior and partner preference in male rats.},
  author={David G. Edwards and Bertram Walter and Peiji Liang},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={1996},
  volume={60 5},
  pages={1347-54}
}
Sexually active male rats prefer a sexually receptive female to a nonreceptive female, and partner-preference tests provide one way of studying sexual motivation. Surgical deafferentation of the olfactory bulbs from all the known chemosensory systems of the nasal septum renders rats anosmic. In Experiment 1, we show that, although bulb deafferentation of male rats decreases some aspects of sexual performance, most deafferented males copulate and partner preference is not affected. In Experiment… CONTINUE READING
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