Reproductive Behavior in a Neuroendocrine Perspective

  • Julian M. Davidson
Part of the Evolution, Development, and Organization of Behavior book series (EDOB, volume 1)


My objective in this brief presentation is to describe some of the ways in which one can look at reproductive behavior within the framework of an overall neuroendocrine scheme, an approach to which Danny Lehrman made such pioneering contributions. Figure 1 portrays in simplified form various interrelationships among environment, reproductive physiology, and behavior. The diagram shows two feedback loops, one neuroendocrine and the other behavioral, as well as their links to environmental stimuli. According to the view I am presenting, information from the environment is seen as being conveyed, via various sensory modalities, eventually to two separate hypothalamic mechanisms involved in regulating sexual behavior and pituitary gonadotropic function.


Sexual Behavior Luteinizing Hormone Reproductive Behavior Gonadal Hormone Gonadotropin Secretion 
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  • Julian M. Davidson
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  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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