The same neural pathways promote maternal and paternal behaviors in voles

Like female voles, connections between oxytocin neurons in the hypothalamus and dopamine neurons in reward areas drive parental behaviors in male voles, according to new research published in JNeurosci. Motherhood receives most of the attention in the research world, yet in 5% of mammals—including humans—fathers provide care, too. The “love hormone” oxytocin plays a role […]

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