At the time of this writing, only a few laboratories are actively engaged in studying parental behavior in the hamster. This is not unusual and reflects the history of this topic in this species since the initial experimental studies in the 1960s. Several reasons account for this steady but slow pursuit of the biological and psychological determinants of parental care. Parental behavior even in the well-studied laboratory rat has had an early beginning but a rather short history. Although studies on parental care in the rat began at the end of the last century (Small, 1899), with the notable exception of the research of Wiesner and Sheard (1933), it has been during the last two decades that research has been the most prolific and has produced major scientific advances.
KeywordsParental Behavior Parental Care Maternal Care Maternal Behavior Golden Hamster
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