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Sex

William J. Jenkins and Jill B. Becker

in The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162851
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863891 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.003.0029
 Sex

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This chapter provides an overview of the reproductive systems and the neural systems that mediate sexual behavior, and discusses how to study sexual behavior in male and female rats. It shows that the male and female rat share many commonalities in terms of the anatomical substrates of sexual behavior. Another common feature in the sexual behavior of males and females is the role that the striatum and nucleus accumbens (NAcc) play in mediating sexual behavior and motivation.

Keywords: laboratory rats; sexual behavior; reproductive system; neural system; sexual motivation; striatum; nucleus accumbens

Chapter.  8416 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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