Odor Preferences of Young Rats: Production of an Attractive Odor by Males

  • Richard E. Brown


Infant rats prefer the odors from lactating females to those from males, non-lactating females or non-odorized stimuli (Leon, 1974; Brown, 1978). There are strain differences and dietary factors in these odor preferences. Long-Evans hooded rat pups show a greater attraction to the odors of non-lactating females than do albino pups (Galef and Muskus, 1979),and pups prefer the odors of lactating females eating the same diet as their own dam to the odors of females on another diet (Leon, 1975; Galef, 1981).


Maternal Behavior Post Partum Lactate Female Odor Pair Great Attraction 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Brown
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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