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A Scientometric Approach to Review the Role of the Medial Preoptic Area (MPOA) in Parental Behavior

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Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Trento, 38068 Rovereto, Italy
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Psychology Program, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore
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Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 636921, Singapore
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Brain Sci. 2021, 11(3), 393; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11030393
Received: 25 February 2021 / Revised: 15 March 2021 / Accepted: 16 March 2021 / Published: 20 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hypothalamus, Neuropeptides and Socioemotional Behavior)
Research investigating the neural substrates underpinning parental behaviour has recently gained momentum. Particularly, the hypothalamic medial preoptic area (MPOA) has been identified as a crucial region for parenting. The current study conducted a scientometric analysis of publications from 1 January 1972 to 19 January 2021 using CiteSpace software to determine trends in the scientific literature exploring the relationship between MPOA and parental behaviour. In total, 677 scientific papers were analysed, producing a network of 1509 nodes and 5498 links. Four major clusters were identified: “C-Fos Expression”, “Lactating Rat”, “Medial Preoptic Area Interaction” and “Parental Behavior”. Their content suggests an initial trend in which the properties of the MPOA in response to parental behavior were studied, followed by a growing attention towards the presence of a brain network, including the reward circuits, regulating such behavior. Furthermore, while attention was initially directed uniquely to maternal behavior, it has recently been extended to the understanding of paternal behaviors as well. Finally, although the majority of the studies were conducted on rodents, recent publications broaden the implications of previous documents to human parental behavior, giving insight into the mechanisms underlying postpartum depression. Potential directions in future works were also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: medial preoptic area; MPOA; parental behavior; scientometry; systematic review; citespace; document co-citation analysis; keyword analysis medial preoptic area; MPOA; parental behavior; scientometry; systematic review; citespace; document co-citation analysis; keyword analysis
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Carollo, A.; Balagtas, J.P.M.; Neoh, M.J.-Y.; Esposito, G. A Scientometric Approach to Review the Role of the Medial Preoptic Area (MPOA) in Parental Behavior. Brain Sci. 2021, 11, 393. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11030393

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Carollo A, Balagtas JPM, Neoh MJ-Y, Esposito G. A Scientometric Approach to Review the Role of the Medial Preoptic Area (MPOA) in Parental Behavior. Brain Sciences. 2021; 11(3):393. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11030393

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Carollo, Alessandro, Jan P.M. Balagtas, Michelle J.-Y. Neoh, and Gianluca Esposito. 2021. "A Scientometric Approach to Review the Role of the Medial Preoptic Area (MPOA) in Parental Behavior" Brain Sciences 11, no. 3: 393. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11030393

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