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Title: The ties that bond: neurochemistry of attachment in voles.
Name(s): Gobrogge, Kyle, author
Wang, Zuoxin, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Date Issued: 2016-06-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In socially monogamous prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster), mating induces three primary types of behavior; namely, partner preference, selective aggression toward conspecific strangers, and bi-parental care, making this rodent an ideal model system to study sociality and underlying neurochemical mechanisms associated with monogamous mating strategies. Here, we highlight species differences in neurochemical receptor distributions associated with mating experience leading to the establishment of stable pair-bonds. Specifically, we illustrate the role of nucleus accumbens dopamine in programming the formation and maintenance of monogamous bonds and describe the role of anterior hypothalamic vasopressin in the regulation of selective aggression. We conclude by discussing recent molecular work in voles and emphasize the importance of this rodent for future research in the behavioral neurobiology field.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_27131991 (IID), 10.1016/j.conb.2016.04.011 (DOI), PMC4921794 (PMCID), 27131991 (RID), 27131991 (EID), S0959-4388(16)30046-0 (PII)
Grant Number: F31 MH079600, F32 GM096591, T32 NS007437
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
Subject(s): Animals
Nucleus Accumbens/physiology
Pair Bond
Sexual Behavior, Animal/physiology
Species Specificity
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Current opinion in neurobiology.
Issue: vol. 38

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Gobrogge, K., & Wang, Z. (2016). The ties that bond: neurochemistry of attachment in voles. Current Opinion In Neurobiology. Retrieved from