Hormones and Behavior

All behavior depends on the nervous system for initiation, coordination, and execution. Frequently, however, it is the endocrine system, through its controlling influences on the development and the physiological state of the animal, that determines when a particular behavior is performed, and even when certain behaviors can be learned. In this section we will present two complex cases in which hormones control the development, learning, and expression of behavior: the development and expression of sexual behavior in rats and the maturation of the brain regions required for song learning and expression in birds.

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