Hypothalamic Lesions and Sexual Behavior in the Female Rat

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Science  26 Dec 1958:
Vol. 128, Issue 3339, pp. 1626-1627
DOI: 10.1126/science.128.3339.1626


This study reports selective effects on the mating pattern of the female rat of partial destruction of the hypothalamus. Independent neural control of the ovarian cycle and of the mating response are demonstrated. Both depressed and augmented female sexual activity are reported.