Our research aims at identifying the neuroendocrine and neurochemical underpinnings of the sexual differentiation and activation of reproductive behaviors in vertebrates.
The metabolism of sex steroids in the brain is considered in particular as well as the interaction between steroids and neurotransmitters.
Neuroanatomical and neurochemical sex differences are analyzed to determine to what extent they are responsible for the behavioral and physiological sex differences.
We also study the role played by sex steroids in the plasticity of the central nervous system during ontogeny as well as in adulthood.
- Neuroendocrinology of male and female sexual behavior.
- Rapid and slow effects of neuroestrogens on male sexual behavior.
- Long-term and short-term control of preoptic/hypothalamic aromatase activity.
- Study of the sexual differentiation of brain and behavior
- Developmental and Seasonal plasticity of the songbird brain. See also
- Study of the songbird brain by Magnetic resonance Imaging. See also
- Endocrine control of singing behavior in canaries.
- Role of membrane initiated events in the regulation of social behavior and reproduction.