Natural variation in maternal care shapes adult social behavior in rats.

@article{StarrPhillips2014NaturalVI,
  title={Natural variation in maternal care shapes adult social behavior in rats.},
  author={Emily J Starr-Phillips and Annaliese K. Beery},
  journal={Developmental psychobiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={56 5},
  pages={1017-26}
}
Features of the early postnatal environment profoundly shape later physical and behavioral phenotypes. The amount of licking/grooming that rat dams direct towards their offspring has durable consequences, including behavioral and physiological dimensions of stress reactivity, cognition, and reproductive behavior. We examined how natural variation in maternal care alters social behavior in adult offspring and how this relates to anxiety behavior and oxytocin receptor density. Male and female… CONTINUE READING