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Parenting in Animals

The study of parenting in animals is fascinating both in its variety and as a reflection of ourselves and our experiences. We ask ourselves, what makes a good parent? Is it hormones, experience, or both? What effects does parenting have on the offspring, and what are the mechanisms for those effects?

 Animal models for these processes are crucial for many reasons, including our ability to experimentally control the experiences of the parents and offspring, to manipulate hormonal, environmental, and neural processes, and sometimes to look into the brain itself... Continue