Reproductive experience and activation of maternal memory.

  title={Reproductive experience and activation of maternal memory.},
  author={Victoria F Scanlan and Elizabeth M. Byrnes and Robert S. Bridges},
  journal={Behavioral neuroscience},
  volume={120 3},
The maternal and neurobiological responses of biological mothers and pup-induced maternal virgin rats were compared 55 and 80 days after an initial 2-day maternal experience. When tested for home cage responsiveness after prolonged isolation from young, the biological, primiparous rats displayed shorter maternal latencies. Primiparous females tested in the presence of pups on the elevated plus-maze displayed increased exploration of the open arms and increased c-Fos expression in the cortical… CONTINUE READING

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