Androgen-Related Behavior in the Squirrel Monkey: An Issue That is Nothing to Sneeze At
This study investigated a purported scent-marking behavior, sneezing, in the squirrel monkey. Sneezing occurred more often in males than in females, varied in frequency with the phase of the reproductive cycle in both males and females, and was positively correlated with male testosterone levels during the period when the most sneezing occurred. These results suggest androgen involvement in sneezing and are consistent with the notion that sneezing is a scent-marking behavior in this species.
Hennessy, M. B.,
Mendoza, S. P.,
Coe, C. L.,
Lowe, E. L.,
& Levine, S.
(1980). Androgen-Related Behavior in the Squirrel Monkey: An Issue That is Nothing to Sneeze At. Behavioral and Neural Biology, 30 (1), 103-108.