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The Biology of Fathering

"The Biology of Fathering"

Abstract: Care of offspring by males is rare among mammals, but is seen in a number of rodent and primate species, including humans. Research on its biological and neurobiological substrates is just now coming of age. Candidate hormones have included prolactin, corticosteroids, oxytocin, and vasopressin, among others. In addition, animal research has shed light on the long-term effects of fathering on offspring's behavioral and neural development. In this talk I will present our current state of knowledge regarding the biological regulation of male parenting, referring to my own research in prairie voles and titi monkeys as well as research by others in humans, marmosets, and California mice.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
4:15 p.m., 127 Moore Building