Developmental Timing Defies Puberty
Institute Member Brian Prendergast, Ph.D. and colleague find more complex relations between puberty and social behavior than previously recognized
Prendergast, B.J., & Zucker, I. (2018). Social Behavior: Developmental Timing Defies Puberty. Current Biology, 28(9), R553-R555. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.03.040. PubMed PMID: 29738728.
A closer look at behavioral development in seasonally breeding rodents reveals more complex relations between puberty and social behavior than previously recognized. Pubertal hormones determine gross amounts of behavior, but play recedes and aggression emerges independently of puberty at predetermined chronological ages.