The ventral striatum of the Syrian hamster

Johnson, Luke R. & Wood, Ruth I. (1999) The ventral striatum of the Syrian hamster. New York Academy of Sciences. Annals, 877(1), pp. 661-666.

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Abstract

The Syrian hamster, Mesocricetus auratus, was first used in laboratory experiments some fifty years ago in the Middle East, from animals captured in the wild. 1 Since then the Syrian hamster has been domesticated and used extensively in laboratory studies of motivation, includuing reproduction, feeding, aggression and circadian behaviors. 2 In comparison to the rat, the male Syrian hamster is a solitary animal known for its territorial aggression, photoperiodic mating and hoarding behaviors. Many neural circuits controlling reproductive behaviors are now known. 3 While these motivated behaviors have been demonstrated to be regulated by endocrine status there is increasing evidence that dopamine within the nucleus accumbens conveys the rewarding tone of sexual motivation

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ID Code: 71947
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: ventral striatum
DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1999.tb09296.x
ISSN: 1749-6632
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology Psychopharmacology Physiological Psychology) (170101)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 22 May 2014 00:47
Last Modified: 22 May 2014 00:47

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