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The Parental Brain: Mechanisms, Development, and Evolution

Michael Numan


The Parental Brain: Mechanisms, Development, and Evolution takes a three-pronged approach to the parental brain. The first part of the book deals with neural mechanisms. Subcortical circuits are crucially involved in parental behavior, and, for most mammals, the physiological events of pregnancy and parturition prime these circuits so that they become responsive to infant stimuli, allowing for the onset of maternal behavior at parturition. However, since paternal behavior and alloparental behavior occur in some mammalian species, alternate mechanisms are shown to exist that regulate the access ... More

Keywords: maternal behavior, paternal behavior, alloparental behavior, subcortical circuits, cortical circuits, development, intergenerational continuity, faulty maternal behavior, evolution, human hyper-prosociality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190848675
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190848675.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Numan, author
Research Professor, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico