UNIT 8.15 Parental Behaviors in Rats and Mice
Published Online: 1 FEB 2002
Copyright © 2003 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Lab Protocol Title
Current Protocols in Neuroscience
How to Cite
Lonstein, J. S. and Fleming, A. S. 2002. Parental Behaviors in Rats and Mice. Current Protocols in Neuroscience. 17:8.15:8.15.1–8.15.26.
- Published Online: 1 FEB 2002
- Published Print: OCT 2001
Parental care in mammals is often critical for survival and development of the offspring. The multiple behaviors that comprise parental care in rats and mice are controlled by a complex array of factors. This unit describes the components of parental care in rats and mice and the frequently used methods to assess the performance of these behaviors, a subject's preference for pup-related cues, as well as a subject's motivation to act parentally.