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Sexually dimorphic stress responses in rodents, Drosophila melanogaster and primates

Çaglar, Delân (2019) Sexually dimorphic stress responses in rodents, Drosophila melanogaster and primates. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

Stress is expressed in a sexually dimorphic manner. The predominant male stress response is the fight-or-flight response, where males either “fight” or “flight” the stressor. The predominant female stress response is the tend-or-befriend response, where females “tend” to their offspring and “befriend” other females to alleviate stress. Empirical evidence for the tend-and-befriend response is evaluated in Drosophila melanogaster and several primate species. These were chosen to represent species that show no parental care, show high maternal care and show some paternal care and to see whether this affects the stress responses displayed. I conclude that females do show tend-and-befriend responses in stressful situations. Certain male primates also show some tend-and-befriend responses following stress. More research on sexually dimorphic stress responses should be done, especially in species that show high paternal care, to improve treatment opportunities of stress-related disorders.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Supervisor:
Supervisor nameSupervisor E mail
Billeter, J.C.J.C.Billeter@rug.nl
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2019
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2019 11:34
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/20299

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