Motherhood-induced memory improvement persists across lifespan in rats but is abolished by a gestational stress.

@article{Lemaire2006MotherhoodinducedMI,
  title={Motherhood-induced memory improvement persists across lifespan in rats but is abolished by a gestational stress.},
  author={Val{\'e}rie Lemaire and J. M. Billard and Patrick Dutar and Olivier George and Pier Vincenzo Vincenzo Piazza and Jacques Epelbaum and Michel Le Moal and Willy Mayo},
  journal={The European journal of neuroscience},
  year={2006},
  volume={23 12},
  pages={3368-74}
}
Motherhood modifies the biology and behavior of the female, a process which prepares the mother's cognitive systems that are needed for nurturance. It has recently been shown that motherhood enhances hippocampal-mediated spatial learning and synaptic plasticity. Deleterious and long-term effects of a stress experienced during gestation have been demonstrated on progeny. Surprisingly little is known about the effect of such stress on mothers. Here, we investigated the effect of gestational… CONTINUE READING