Computer simulation of male rat sexual behaviour

Toates, F. M. and O'Rourke, C. (1978). Computer simulation of male rat sexual behaviour. Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, 16(1) pp. 98–104.



A digital computer simulation of the ejaculatory series in the male rat is presented, and simulated results shown. It is argued that a sufficient number of established behavioural results as well as physiological theories exist to justify more effort in this direction. Both intromission and ejaculation are simulated as a function of arousal minus inhibition. Inhibition is transient only, satiety is caused by loss of arousability not increase in inhibition. The simulation is shown to be relevant to the response to novelty, the role of hormones and the timing of arousal to copulation by the female.

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