The role of vaginal stimulation for the acquisition of conditioned place preference in female Syrian hamsters.
Kohlert JG, Olexa N.
Program in Neuroscience, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711, United States.
This study investigated the importance of vaginal stimulation on conditioned place preference by sexual behavior in female Syrian hamsters. Hormonally primed female hamsters given vaginal masks and topical lidocaine prior to conditioning sessions were no different in their place preference conditioning compared to female controls with no vaginal mask or lidocaine. Control females not provided a sexually active male did not show any preference for either compartment of the conditioning apparatus. These results suggest that stimuli, in addition to vaginal stimulation, are effective in producing a place preference during the mating experience in female hamsters.
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