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Scientists from 10 disciplines give a contribution essays which discover quite a few features of this serious level in human improvement, in a quantity designed for the good thing about social and developmental psychologists, psychologists drawn to sexuality reviews, and baby and adolescent psychiatrists.

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Support for the concept that circulating "metabolic factors/' rather than changes in body weight or body composition, provide a signal that links GnRH neuronal activity to the metabolic status of the body. The nature of these "metabolic factors," however, remains unknown at this time. Environmental Influences on Puberty Onset Many primates, including rhesus monkeys, exhibit a seasonal pattern of reproductive activity in adulthood (Walker, Wilson, & Gordon, 1984). Studies in the rhesus monkey by Wickings and co-workers (1981), showing that exogenous GnRH can stimulate the quiescent reproduc- Factors Controlling the Onset of Puberty in Primates 23 tive axis during the nonbreeding season, indicate that seasonal influences affect the reproductive system by modulating GnRH neuronal activity.

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