Social and Environmental Control of Reproductive Processes in Animals

  • Norman T. Adler


Sexual reproduction requires the coordination of two separate organisms with respect to each other and to the physical environment. If the coordination is successful, viable progeny are produced. Within this integrative framework, physiological events subserving reproduction are viewed in two ways: (a) as causes that lead to the performance of appropriate patterns of copulatory behavior (b) as events that are themselves caused by external factors, i.e., stimulation derived from environmental and behavioral events.


Estrous Cycle Copulatory Behavior Pudendal Nerve Paradoxical Sleep Vaginal Plug 
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  • Norman T. Adler
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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