maternal behavior

maternal behavior

[mə‚tərn·əl bi′hāv·yər]
(psychology)
The pattern of care given an offspring by its mother.
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While he is playing with ideas about how adult behavior might lead to imprinting, Haig stresses that the parental-conflict model doesn't have to account for the role of Mest and Peg3 in maternal behavior.
Without norepinephrine, maternal behavior is clearly impaired.
Such odors -- often transmitted through urine -- are important in coordinating the animals' reproductive, social, and maternal behavior.
The hormonal basis for maternal behavior has been worked out in great detail, says Insel, but "this comes out of left field.
The effect of nesting material on the nest-building and maternal behavior of domestic sows and piglet production.
Paternal social enrichment effects on maternal behavior and offspring growth.
They found that during the first half-year of life, mothers in the KC group were more sensitive and expressed more maternal behavior toward their infants.
However, unlike postnatal NR, prenatal NR did not affect maternal behavior during PND2-PND9, a critical period for changes in maternal care to affect offspring brain development (Avishai-Eliner et al.
After oviposition, many species of turtles display limited or no maternal behavior and leave the nest and the eventual hatchlings to fend for themselves (Bonin et al.
Females can exhibit strong maternal behavior, including one who tried to support another female's dead infant on top of the water for days, but males have been known to pursue and kill young dolphins.
These ancient neuropeptides, involved in the regulation of water and minerals in mammals, evolved to motivate maternal behavior, which is also reinforced by the release of endogenous opiates during lactation and suckling.
Additionally, direct access legislation may encourage preconception appointments, which has the ability to address maternal behavior or identify risk factors before a pregnancy occurs (Kost, Landry, and Darroch 1998; Atrash et al.

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