Paternal responsiveness is associated with, but not mediated by reduced neophobia in male California mice (Peromyscus californicus).

@article{Chauke2012PaternalRI,
  title={Paternal responsiveness is associated with, but not mediated by reduced neophobia in male California mice (Peromyscus californicus).},
  author={Miyetani Chauke and Trynke R. de Jong and Theodore Garland and Wendy Saltzman},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={2012},
  volume={107 1},
  pages={65-75}
}
Hormones associated with pregnancy and parturition have been implicated in facilitating the onset of maternal behavior via reductions in neophobia, anxiety, and stress responsiveness. To determine whether the onset of paternal behavior has similar associations in biparental male California mice (Peromyscus californicus), we compared paternal responsiveness, neophobia (novel-object test), and anxiety-like behavior (elevated plus maze, EPM) in isolated virgins (housed alone), paired virgins… CONTINUE READING