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Behavioral responses to emotional challenges in female rats living in a seminatural environment: The role of estrogen receptors
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Preprint; Manuskript, 2018-11-06)
Estrogen receptors (ERs) are involved in sexual as well as non-sexual behaviors. In the present study we assessed the effects of stimuli inducing positive or negative affect on sociosexual, exploratory and fear-related behaviors of female rats housed in groups (4 females, 3 males) in a seminatural environment. Ovariectomized females were treated with oil, 17β‑estradiol benzoate (EB, 18 μg/kg), the ...
Mate Choice could be Random in Female Rats (Rattus norvegicus)
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Preprint; Manuskript, 2017-11-01)
Female mate choice is often investigated in terms of reproductive success in order to understand how male characteristics contribute to sexual attractiveness. Previous studies have found that females rats prefer mating with their first encounter rather than males visited subsequently, suggesting that the rewarding value of this first encounter is enough to reinforce mating with the first partner. ...