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Advances in Psychological Science    2017, Vol. 25 Issue (12) : 2089-2098     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.02089
Special Section of Physiological Psychology |
 Serotoninergic mechanisms in maternal behavior
 CHEN Leilei; NIE Lina; LI Yu; CHENG Peng; LI Ming; GAO Jun
 (School of Psychology, the Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China)
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Abstract   Maternal behavior is a complex social behavior which is essential for the survival and development of the offspring. Many progresses have been made in recent decades on the neurobiological mechanisms of maternal behavior, especially in rodents. The present study focuses on the serotonin system, a major neurotransmitter system that has not received enough attention in this field. We first provide a brief overview of rat maternal behavior and the basic functions of the serotonin system. Next, we review recent work on the role of serotonin in the mediation of maternal behavior, focusing on the specific receptor subtypes. We examine evidence concerning the physio-psychological and neuroanatomical, neurochemical and neuroendocrine mechanisms of serotonin and the related gene regulation. Finally, we point out several future research directions, one of which concerns the potential interactions between serotonin and other neurochemicals, such as dopamine and oxytocin in the regulation of maternal behavior.
Keywords serotonergic system      maternal behavior      neuronal circuit      hormone     
Corresponding Authors: LI Ming, E-mail:; GAO Jun, E-mail:    
Issue Date: 26 October 2017
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CHEN Leilei,NIE Lina,LI Yu, et al.  Serotoninergic mechanisms in maternal behavior[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(12): 2089-2098.
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