Summer Scholars Project Explores Paternal Behavior in California Mice

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Few species are bi-parental, with both males and females showing high levels of care to their offspring. The California mouse is one such species and served as the subject for a summer research project conducted by behavioral neuroendocrinologist Elizabeth Becker, Ph.D., and psychology major Thomas Bernardo ’14. Becker’s research has been looking at the ways that early life father-son interactions are important for the development of future parental behavior in adult male offspring. With the support of the Summer Scholars Program, Becker and Bernardo spent the summer exploring whether environmental stressors impact the level of care provided by fathers and the transmission of paternal behavior across generations.

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