The Neuroendocrinology of Scent Marking

  • Pauline Yahr
  • Deborah Commins


How animals behave socially depends on their sex, reproductive condition, and social status, as well as on their previous experience with each other and the location of their encounter. In vertebrates, many of these behavioral biases are caused or accompanied by hormonal changes, such as the secretion of sex-or stress-related steroids. If a vertebrate wanted to forecast the behavior of a conspecific it was approaching, it could scarcely do better than to get the animal’s hormonal profile.


Zebra Finch Preoptic Area Mongolian Gerbil Gonadal Steroid Scent Marking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pauline Yahr
    • 1
  • Deborah Commins
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychobiologyUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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