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Department of Psychology

Hormonal and environmental influences on development, adolescence and aging of the cerebral cortex

"My students and I examine hormonal influences in neuronal structure in the cerebral cortex and other areas of the rat nervous system that involve cognition. Our current emphasis is on two time periods: adolescence/puberty and aging. We have found that adolescence is a time of considerable neuron reorganization including neuronal death, and the hormones secreted during puberty are influencing some of the changes. Current projects include the neural effects of alcohol exposure during adolescence and the potential effects of the endocrine disruptor, bisphenol A, on both neural development and adolescence. In another line of research we are looking at the effects of replacement estrogen and progesterone on the course of neural and behavioral aging."

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