Gonadal Hormones, The Nervous System and Behavior

  • Richard E. Whalen
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 4)


Gonadal hormones have two major effects upon those systems which control sexual behavior. In the adult organism the gonadal hormones stimulate cells of fixed character and permit the display of sexual responses—these might be termed the concurrent or activational effects of hormones. In the developing organism, hormones act upon cells which are labile and determine their future responsiveness to hormones—these might be termed the differentiating effects of hormones. The present chapter will explore problems and raise the following questions with respect to the nature of the hormonal activation and differentiation of the substrate for behavior:
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    What? What are the effects of manipulating gonadal hormones upon behavior?

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    Which? Which hormones are necessary and/or sufficient in behavior control?

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    Where? Where do the hormones act?

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    How? What are the mechanisms of action by which gonadal hormones alter behavior?



Estrous Cycle Mating Behavior Arcuate Nucleus Sexual Response Gonadal Hormone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Whalen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychobiologyUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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