Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Jeff Keuss
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Elena Brezynski
vasopressin, maternal behavior, aggression, Peromyscus, infanticide
Research studies since the 1950s have shown that a chemical within the brain called arginine vasopressin (AVP) is associated with the modulation of many different social behaviors in mammals. Some of these behaviors are related to parenting, such as parental care initiation, aggression, social recognition, depression and anxiety. Understanding the physiology behind AVP regulation could allow for the creation of new therapies for treating human social disorders, such as using an AVP receptor antagonist to attenuate anxiety. This project examines how neural injections of AVP and an AVP receptor antagonist affect both maternal care and aggression in female Peromyscus californicus. Though not yet statistically significant, the data suggest that administration of AVP lessens maternal behavior.
Ng, Nathaniel, "The Effects of Arginine Vasopressin on Maternal Behavior and Aggression in Peromyscus californicus Mothers" (2015). Honors Projects. 31.
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