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Nature Neuroscience 9, 1094 - 1095 (2006)
Published online: 20 August 2006 | doi:10.1038/nn1753

Fatherhood affects dendritic spines and vasopressin V1a receptors in the primate prefrontal cortex

Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy1, Maria Hughes1, Kim Lee1 & Elizabeth Gould1

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Like human fathers, male marmosets help raise their young, yet the ways in which fatherhood influences the brain remain largely unknown. We show that first-time and experienced marmoset fathers have enhanced density of dendritic spines on pyramidal neurons in prefrontal cortex as compared to non-fathers. In parallel, the abundance of vasopressin V1a receptors and the proportion of V1a receptor–labeled dendritic spines increase.

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  1. Department of Psychology, Princeton University, Green Hall, Washington Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA.

Correspondence to: Elizabeth Gould1 e-mail: goulde@princeton.edu



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