Modern neuroscience has presented new opportunities for exploring the molecular and neural mechanisms controlling specific social responses. This book reviews insights into the neural circuits underlying a particularly fascinating form of social interaction, parental behaviour. This book presents a detailed review of maternal and paternal behaviour of particular mammalian species. It offers neuroscientists a spectrum of specific mammals that can be used as experimental models to explore particular topics on the functions of the nervous system. It shows that results coming from the laboratory can be translated into useful information for raising mammals on the farm, and it stimulates biologists to gain insights into the underpinnings of the complex mechanisms governing mammalian behaviour in the wild. It also discusses the implications of this research for human parental behaviour.
Gabriela González-Mariscal (PhD) focuses her research on the cellular processes and neuronal networks regulating ovulation, lactation, and sexual and maternal behaviours in rats and rabbits. She also works in animal science and has identified specific issues of interest to rabbit breeding and behavioural neuroendocrinology.