Researchers have identified a novel role for hormone-sensitive neurons in the Edinger Westphal nucleus which are essential for maternal nesting behaviors in mice.
Female mice who have not been pregnant or given birth show activation in the anterior cingulate cortex when they acquire maternal behaviors after exposure to pups. The findings reveal through repeated exposure to pups, virgin female mice are capable of learning maternal behaviors that resemble those of mothers following birth.
Oxytocin acts on individual brain cells to prompt specific social behaviors, a new study reports.
BPS affects a neuroanatomy and maternal behavior in pregnant and lactating mice, including an association with an increased risk of infanticide.
Maternal biological rhythms support the development of the fetal suprachiasmatic nuclei.