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The Effect of Prenatal Stress on the Sexual Behavior University of Richmond Tuesday 7:00 The Effect of Prenatal Stress on Sexual Behavior
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Sexual intercourse is necessary for the survival of most species. Sexual behavior in male rats is a very interesting and complex process. When the female rat releases sex pheromones, or chemicals that trigger sexual feelings in male rats, the male rats will begin to engage in the sexual process. This process could include licking the females, smelling them and ultimately mounting them, which is a process in which the male rat holds the female rat from her side and thrusts her. This thrusting usually occurs numerous times until the act is finally completed. When the male enters the female, the female usually arcs her back. It is possible to promote sexual activity via exposing a female rat to high temperatures. Prenatal stress is a process that involves inflicting stress on female rats a few weeks before they are due to give birth. Prenatal Stress has been shown to lead to long-term physiological and behavioral changes. There have been several studies performed regarding sexual behavior in rats. Frye and Orecki (2002) examined the sexual behavior patterns in female rats. Female rats were exposed to prenatal stress, which consisted of female rats that were two weeks into their pregnancy being placed in Plexiglas cages and exposed to bright UV lights for 45 minutes (Frye and Orecki, 2002). It was discovered that the female progeny of the prenatally stressed females were more aggressive, had reduced motor behavior and
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PSYCH 200 taught by Professor Berry during the Fall '08 term at Richmond.

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