Sex differences in oxytocin receptor binding in forebrain regions: correlations with social interest in brain region- and sex- specific ways.

@article{Dumais2013SexDI,
  title={Sex differences in oxytocin receptor binding in forebrain regions: correlations with social interest in brain region- and sex- specific ways.},
  author={Kelly M Dumais and Remco Bredewold and Thomas E. Mayer and Alexa H. Veenema},
  journal={Hormones and behavior},
  year={2013},
  volume={64 4},
  pages={693-701}
}
Social interest reflects the motivation to approach a conspecific for the assessment of social cues and is measured in rats by the amount of time spent investigating conspecifics. Virgin female rats show lower social interest towards unfamiliar juvenile conspecifics than virgin male rats. We hypothesized that the neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) may modulate sex differences in social interest because of the involvement of OT in pro-social behaviors. We determined whether there are sex differences in… CONTINUE READING

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