Neuropeptide Control of Parental and Reproductive Behavior

  • C. A. Pedersen
  • J. D. Caldwell
  • P. J. Brooks
Part of the Current Topics in Neuroendocrinology book series (CT NEUROENDOCRI, volume 10)


Maternal and sexual behavior are essential to the survival of species. The drive to copulate and to nurture young are among the most powerful of motivations. Rapid activation of these behaviors depends, in subprimate mammals, upon the gonadal steroid conditions associated with ovulation, spermatogenesis or parturition, and lactogenesis, i.e., when reproductive behaviors would be effective in the conception or nurturing of offspring. Initiation and maintenance of reproductive behaviors are also influenced by specific sensory stimuli. Like all motivated behaviors, maternal and sexual behaviors are inhibited by acute, high-intensity stressors.


Reproductive Behavior Gonadal Steroid Medial Preoptic Area Male Sexual Behavior Female Sexual Behavior 
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  • C. A. Pedersen
  • J. D. Caldwell
  • P. J. Brooks
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Brain and Development Research Center, and the Neurobiology CurriculumUniversity of North California School of MedicineChapel HillUSA

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