Repeated maternal separation of preweanling rats attenuates behavioral responses to primary and conditioned incentives in adulthood.

@article{Matthews1996RepeatedMS,
  title={Repeated maternal separation of preweanling rats attenuates behavioral responses to primary and conditioned incentives in adulthood.},
  author={K. Matthews and Lawrence S. Wilkinson and Trevor W. Robbins},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={1996},
  volume={59 1},
  pages={99-107}
}
Early social experience has profound effects on a wide spectrum of behaviors and neurochemical correlates in the rat. Repeated separation of rat pups from their dam during the early neonatal period causes acute perturbation of neuroendocrine and physiological status. The chronic sequelae of repeated separations have not been studied as extensively as the acute responses. Altered social experience at a later developmental stage, postweaning isolation rearing, is known to induce enduring changes… CONTINUE READING

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