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Cortisol Facilitates Induction of Sexual Behavior in the Female Musk Shrew (Suncus murinus)
Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Patricia A. Schiml, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Emilie F. Rissman
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
2-1-1999
Abstract
The role of cortisol in sexual behavior in the female musk shrew (Suncus murinus) was examined. High levels of cortisol were associated with sexual receptivity, as indicated by species-typical tail-wagging behavior, during brief(15-min) mating tests. When cortisol production was blocked by metyrapone, an 11-β-hydroxylase inhibitor, females exhibited reduced sexual behavior relative to controls, an effect that was reversed with acute cortisol replacement. These results indicate that cortisol facilitates, rather than inhibits, sexual behavior in this species and expands the comparative understanding of hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) effects on reproduction.
DOI
10.1037//0735-7044.113.1.166
Citation Information
Patricia A. Schiml and Emilie F. Rissman. "Cortisol Facilitates Induction of Sexual Behavior in the Female Musk Shrew (Suncus murinus)" Behavioral Neuroscience Vol. 113 Iss. 1 (1999) p. 166 - 175 ISSN: 07357044
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/patricia_schiml/29/