Melvin Rouse’s research looks at how hormones, the brain, and reproductive behavior interact. His lab uses songbirds as a model system. This model is unique in that it allows for the ability to study how gonadal hormones act to modulate patterns of learning and behavior, as well as how hormones affect the perception of behavior. These studies demonstrate the influence of the endocrine system on brain plasticity, learning, and social behavior. Rouse teaches in the areas of behavioral neuroscience, hormones and behavior, research methods and statistics, and comparative neuropsychology.
B.Sc., Virginia Tech, 2004; M.A., Boston University, 2005; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 2014