Intracerebroventricular oxytocin stimulates maternal behaviour in the sheep.

Abstract

The maternal behaviour of 7 ovariectomized, oestrogen-treated ewes was recorded after intracerebroventricular (ICV) infusions of oxytocin (OT). At weekly intervals 10-min behaviour tests were given starting 1 min after control (saline) or OT infusions. In the ewes' home pens, 5-, 10- and 20-micrograms doses of OT significantly increased the frequency of… (More)

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