Episode 47: Prairie Voles, #MeToo, and Consent


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You don’t want to miss this episode. It all starts with Jane’s rant about sexual harassment with tips on what to do and where to turn for help. We also talk about prairie voles who are not only adorable but they mate for life. So check out the show. We love our listeners and welcome your feedback. Please write to us at this address. And thanks for listening!

Opening music by Kabbalistic Village, closing music is “Reverie” by _ghost. Segment music (Let’s Talk Policy) courtesy of bensound.com. All music available through Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International.

Articles cited:

  1. Ferkin, M. H., Leonard, S. T., Heath, L. A. and C, G. P.-y.-M. (2001), Self-Grooming as a Tactic Used by Prairie Voles Microtus ochrogaster to Enhance Sexual Communication. Ethology, 107: 939–949. doi:10.1046/j.1439-0310.2001.00725.x
  2. Garcia, J. R., MacKillop, J., Aller, E. L., Merriwether, A. M., Wilson, D. S., & Lum, J. K. (2010). Associations between dopamine D4 receptor gene variation with both infidelity and sexual promiscuity. PLoS One, 5(11), e14162. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0014162
  3. Young, L. J., Nilsen, R., Waymire, K. G., MacGregor, G. R., & Insel, T. R. (1999). Increased affiliative response to vasopressin in mice expressing the V1a receptor from a monogamous vole. Nature, 400(6746), 766-768. doi: 10.1038/23475
  4. Zietsch, B. P., Westberg, L., Santtila, P., & Jern, P. (2015). Genetic analysis of human extrapair mating: heritability, between-sex correlation, and receptor genes for vasopressin and oxytocin. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36(2), 130-136. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.10.001

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