hormones have profound effects on the brain
and behavior but have mostly been studied
in the context of reproduction. My research
examines how gonadal hormones affect cognitive
and motor functions, using the rhesus monkey
as a model. The primary focus of my current
studies is to characterize sex differences
in cognition, and to elucidate the role of
gonadal hormones in shaping patterns of cognitive
and brain aging in male and female monkeys.
Parallel studies in non-primate species are
also planned to further our understanding
of the interactions between brain aging and
the neuroendocrine system.