Reproductive experience alters anxiety-like behavior in the female rat

  title={Reproductive experience alters anxiety-like behavior in the female rat},
  author={Elizabeth M. Byrnes and Robert S. Bridges},
  journal={Hormones and Behavior},
Reproductive experience (i.e. pregnancy and lactation) results in significant alterations in subsequent hormone levels in female rats. Several studies have demonstrated that circulating hormones can significantly affect anxiety-like behavior. Thus, the purpose of the present study was to determine whether reproductive experience induces alterations in anxiety-like behaviors in cycling female rats and in older, reproductively senescent rats. In Experiment 1, the elevated plus maze (EPM) was used… CONTINUE READING

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