Maternal deprivation potentiates pituitary-adrenal stress responses in infant rats.

@article{Stanton1988MaternalDP,
  title={Maternal deprivation potentiates pituitary-adrenal stress responses in infant rats.},
  author={Mark E Stanton and Yaquelin Gutierrez and Seymour Levine},
  journal={Behavioral neuroscience},
  year={1988},
  volume={102 5},
  pages={692-700}
}
In three experiments we examined the effect of maternal deprivation on the pituitary-adrenal response of 12-, 16- and 20-day-old rat pups to novelty stress. Infant rats were either deprived individually in heated incubators or left in the home nest with their mother and then tested for their corticosteroid response to 30-min exposure to a novel test arena (novelty-stress). In Experiment 1 we showed that the magnitude of the stress response was a positively accelerated function of the… CONTINUE READING

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