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Inadvertent social information and the avoidance of parasitized male mice: a role for oxytocin

, : Inadvertent social information and the avoidance of parasitized male mice: a role for oxytocin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 103(11): 4293-4298

Social information can be acquired either directly or indirectly from cues inadvertently produced by individuals with similar interests and requirements ("inadvertent social information," ISI). These inadvertent cues provide "public information" that other individuals can use to guide their behavior. We show here that female mice use olfactory ISI to determine their choice of, and responses to, males and that the use of this ISI involves the gene for oxytocin (OT).


PMID: 16537524

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0600410103

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