Lever pressing for pups: Evidence for hormonal influence upon maternal behavior of mice

@article{Hauser1985LeverPF,
  title={Lever pressing for pups: Evidence for hormonal influence upon maternal behavior of mice},
  author={Herbert Hauser and Ronald Gandelman},
  journal={Hormones and Behavior},
  year={1985},
  volume={19},
  pages={454-468}
}
Five experiments were performed to determine the extent to which hormones influence maternal behavior of the female mouse. The number of pup-reinforced lever presses served as the measure of maternal behavior. In Experiment 1 it was found that postpartum mice performed significantly more pup-reinforced lever presses than intact or ovariectomized virgins. The second experiment showed that the augmentation of responding was unique to the postpartum period since responding was not facilitated… CONTINUE READING

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