Welcome to the Been Laboratory for Behavioral Neuroscience at Haverford College.

I am a behavioral neuroendocrinologist; this means I’m interested in the relationship between the brain, hormones, and behavior. In my lab, we primarily study reproductive behaviors. I am interested in several aspects of reproduction– including attraction, copulation, and pregnancy/postpartum– and my lab group is working to identify neural correlates and sites of neuroplasticity associated with each. Our research takes a comprehensive technical approach, ranging from the cellular/molecular to the systems/behavioral levels of analysis. We use hamsters and mice to model these complex brain-hormone-behavior relationships under simpler and more controlled conditions. Our goal is to understand fundamental principles of neurobiology that can be applied to improve human health.

Every student who joins the lab gets to add a song to the playlist!