Electrophysiological Effects of Steroid Hormones in Brain Tissue

  • Donald W. Pfaff


The two previous chapters in this book have given autoradiographic and biochemical evidence of hormone concentration by cells in specific portions of the brain. The notion of a “hormone receptor,” in its usual sense, includes not only the idea of a specific, saturable, energy-dependent accumulation process, but also the idea that this hormone accumulation mediates effects of the hormone on the tissue in question. To demonstrate and characterize steroid hormone receptors in brain, therefore, it is necessary to describe physiological effects of the hormones in brain tissue. Neurophysiological data are summarized in this chapter. Where possible, they are compared with each other and with relevant behavioral phenomena.


Firing Rate Estrous Cycle Preoptic Area Hypothalamic Neuron Anterior Hypothalamus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald W. Pfaff
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe Rockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA

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