Behavioral neuroscience: learning to suckle with signature odor

Curr Biol. 2012 Nov 6;22(21):R907-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.09.034.


A new study in mice reveals that an apparently innate behavior, suckling, is triggered not by a classical pheromone but by the pup learning the complex signature odor of its mother.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Suckling / physiology*
  • Female
  • Odorants*
  • Recognition, Psychology / physiology*
  • Smell / physiology*