Monogamy: Dopamine ties the knot

Scott Edwards, David W. Self

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Prairie voles form lasting pair bonds with their mating partners after a single experience of sexual activity, and this reward-related learning depends on dopamine. A new paper reports that two dopamine receptor subtypes contribute differently to the initial formation of pair bonds and to their maintenance by the promotion of selective aggression toward alternative mates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-8
Number of pages2
JournalNature neuroscience
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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