Molecular Mechanisms of Hormone Action

  • Richard E. Whalen


Over the past year or two I have had a fine time arguing with Frank Beach about ways one can proceed in the analysis of the effects of hormones upon behavior. I have argued that the wave of the future is the study of the molecular actions of hormones, and immediately Frank responds that our greater need is a finer grained analysis of behavior; he then proceeds to illustrate this point by his work on proceptivity, which is elegant both in concept and data (Beach, 1976). In this presentation, however, I shall attempt to illustrate the other approach, namely a finer grained analysis of the effects of hormones on those neural systems that mediate sexual behavior. In what follows I will focus on the receptive behavior of female rodents.


Hormone Action Gonadal Hormone Posterior Hypothalamus Anterior Hypothalamus Estradiol Benzoate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Whalen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychobiologyUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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