Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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Adult male rats produce 22-kHz vocalizations when exposed to a female conspecific. These ultrasonic vocalizations (USV) are a measure of the male's level of sexual arousal. Previous studies have shown that antipyretic drugs diminish the amount of USV made by male rats. Male mice also emit USV (70- kHz) indicative of sexual arousal. In this study, the effects of sodium salicylate, an antipyretic drug, were examined to see if USV were diminished in mice. Fifteen male adult mice were tested in a Treatment (Saline vs. Sodium Salicylate) x Dose (High vs. Low) design, with repeated measures across the treatments. Vocalizations and latency to mount a female were used as dependent measures. The results indicated that at either dose sodium salicylate diminished USV and increased mount latencies. Furthermore, animals in the high dose groups took longer than animals in the low dose group to mount females following treatment with saline injections. These findings suggest that antipyretics, such as sodium salicylate, may diminish sexual arousal in mice and rats.
BF1 .M63 v. 3 no. 1 1995
Manos, Andrew S.
"The effects of sodium salicylate on sexual arousal in adult male mice (mus domesticus),"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 3:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol3/iss1/2