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Research Article

A Specific and Rapid Neural Signature for Parental Instinct

  • Morten L. Kringelbach mail,

    *E-mail: Morten.Kringelbach@psych.ox.ac.uk

    Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, Department of Neurosurgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom, Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN), Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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  • Annukka Lehtonen,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Sarah Squire,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Allison G. Harvey,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America

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  • Michelle G. Craske,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Ian E. Holliday,

    Affiliation: The Wellcome Trust Laboratory for MEG Studies, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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  • Alexander L. Green,

    Affiliation: Department of Neurosurgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Tipu Z. Aziz,

    Affiliations: Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, Department of Neurosurgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Peter C. Hansen,

    Affiliation: School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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  • Piers L. Cornelissen,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, York University, York, United Kingdom

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  • Alan Stein

    Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Published: February 27, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0001664

About the Authors

Morten L. Kringelbach, Annukka Lehtonen, Sarah Squire, Alan Stein
Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Morten L. Kringelbach, Tipu Z. Aziz
Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Allison G. Harvey
Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America
Michelle G. Craske
Department of Psychology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Ian E. Holliday
The Wellcome Trust Laboratory for MEG Studies, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Peter C. Hansen
School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Piers L. Cornelissen
Department of Psychology, York University, York, United Kingdom
Morten L. Kringelbach, Alexander L. Green, Tipu Z. Aziz
Department of Neurosurgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom
Morten L. Kringelbach
Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN), Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Corresponding Author

Email: Morten.Kringelbach@psych.ox.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: PH MK IH PC AL AS. Performed the experiments: MK AL. Analyzed the data: MK AS. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: PH MK IH PC SS AG TA. Wrote the paper: MK AL AH MC AS.