Why the maternal brain?

  title={Why the maternal brain?},
  author={Craig Howard Kinsley and E Amory-Meyer},
  journal={Journal of neuroendocrinology},
  volume={23 11},
In the rat, the change from a virgin/nulliparous female to the maternal animal takes place at many levels. A subtle developmental wave washes over the female nervous system and transforms her from largely self-centred to offspring-directed, from personal care and protection to care of genetically-related offspring, from indifference to ardour. Such change is preceded by substantial and apparently permanent neural alterations, the depth of which results in the maternal brain, and is the basis of… CONTINUE READING

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