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Elizabeth Adkins Regan

Professor of Psychology / Neurobiology & Behavior

  • 218 Uris Hall
  • Cornell University
  • Ithaca NY 14853-7601
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Hormonal, neuroendocrine, and behavioral mechanisms responsible for the development and expression of animal social behavior and social relationships. Current projects of my laboratory include:(a) development of preferences for pairing partners in the socially monogamous zebra finch, (b) neuroendocrine mechanisms involved in pair formation in zebra finches, (c) effect of parental rearing type on later behavior and HPA axis function in zebra finches, and (d) mating and fertilization strategies in Japanese quail. The common theme is an integrative approach aimed at understanding how function and phylogeny have shaped hormone-brain-behavior relationships.

Behavioral & Evolutionary Neuroscience

Selected Publications

  • Adkins-Regan, E. (2005). Hormones and Animal Social Behavior. Princeton University Press.

  • Adkins-Regan, E. (2002). Development of sexual partner preference in the zebra finch: a socially monogamous, pair-bonding animal. Archives of Sexual Behavior 31, 21-27.

  • Ruscio, M. G. and Adkins-Regan, E. (2004). Immediate early gene expression associated with induction of brooding behavior in Japanese quail. Hormones and Behavior 46, 19-29.

  • Tomaszycki, M. L., Banerjee, S. B., and Adkins-Regan, E. (2006). The role of sex steroids in courtship, pairing and pairing behaviors in the socially monogamous zebra finch. Hormones and Behavior 50, 141-147.


updated on Tuesday, Jun 9 2015 @ 11:10am