Accession Number : AD0690365

Title :   DEPENDENCE OF ADULT MATING BEHAVIOR IN MALE RATS ON THE PRESENCE OF LITTERMATES IN INFANCY,

Corporate Author : GOTEBORG UNIV (SWEDEN) DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Hard,Ernest ; Larsson,Knut

Report Date : 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : Male rats were reared from two days of age (a) without littermates, (b) together with other males, and (c) together with other males and females. When tested for sexual behavior from 95 days of age the peer-deprived males were found to be slower in initiating mating than both the isosexually and the heterosexually reared males. After 25 days of testing, 5 of the 18 peer-deprived males remained incapable of mating, compared to 1 of the 18 isosexually and none of the heterosexually reared males. It was concluded that social experience in infancy facilitates the occurrence of sexual behavior in adult age. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SEX, *BEHAVIOR), RATS, REPRODUCTION(PHYSIOLOGY), SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), SWEDEN

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE