The Role of Early Olfactory Experience in the Development of Adult Odor Preferences in Rodents

  • Pamela M Maras
  • Aras Petrulis


Mate recognition is an essential component of successful reproductive behavior, and in rodent species, is primarily guided by the perception of social odors in the environment. Importantly, there is substantial evidence that species or sexual odor preferences may be regulated by early olfactory experience, although considerable variability in the plasticity of these behaviors has been observed. The current chapter summarizes what is known regarding the role of early olfactory experience in the development of adult odor preferences, synthesizing data across species, sex, and behavioral paradigms.


Olfactory Bulb Syrian Hamster Golden Hamster Main Olfactory Bulb Odor Exposure 
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  • Pamela M Maras
    • 1
  • Aras Petrulis
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State University

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