Adrenalectomy-Induced Deficits in Maternal Retrieval in the Rat
Previous studies have indicated that a functioning adrenal gland is not necessary for the expression of maternal behavior in the rat. In the present study, adrenalectomized mothers were found to take longer to initiate retrieval and to retrieve a smaller percentage of their litters on postpartum Days 1–4 than did control mothers. Possible causes of these deficits are discussed.
Hennessy, M. B.,
Harney, K. S.,
Smotherman, W. P.,
& Levine, S.
(1977). Adrenalectomy-Induced Deficits in Maternal Retrieval in the Rat. Hormones and Behavior, 9 (3), 222-227.