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The Behavior of the Laboratory RatA Handbook with Tests$
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Ian Q. Whishaw and Bryan Kolb

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.001.0001

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(p.307) 29 Sex
The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

William J. Jenkins

Jill B. Becker

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the reproductive systems and the neural systems that mediate sexual behavior, and discusses how to study sexual behavior in male and female rats. It shows that the male and female rat share many commonalities in terms of the anatomical substrates of sexual behavior. Another common feature in the sexual behavior of males and females is the role that the striatum and nucleus accumbens (NAcc) play in mediating sexual behavior and motivation.

Keywords:   laboratory rats, sexual behavior, reproductive system, neural system, sexual motivation, striatum, nucleus accumbens

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