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42. Wallace K.J., Dupeyron S.F, Li M.F, and Kelly A.M. (2023) Early life social complexity shapes adult neural processing in the communal spiny mouse Acomys cahirinus. Psychopharmacology,


41. Fricker B.A. and Kelly A.M. (2023) From grouping and cooperation to menstruation: Spiny mice (Acomys cahirinus) are an emerging model for sociality and beyond. Invited for Special Issue: Alternative Animal Models at Hormones and Behavior, 158, 105462.

40. Fricker B.A., Ho D., Seifert, A.W., and Kelly A.M. (2023) Biased brain and behavioral responses in a communally breeding species. Nature’s Scientific Reports, 13:17040.

39. Kelly A.M. (2023) Advancements in the study of neural mechanisms underlying mammalian grouping behavior. Invited for Special Issue: Editors’ Showcase – Social Behavior and Communication. Frontiers in Ethology, 2:1273613.

38. Kelly A.M. and Thompson R.R. (2023) Testosterone facilitates nonreproductive, context-appropriate pro- and anti-social behavior in male and female Mongolian gerbils. Hormones and Behavior, 156, 105436.

37. Taylor, J.H., Campbell N.F, Powell J.M., Albers H.E. and Kelly A.M. (2023) Distribution of vasopressin 1a and oxytocin receptor binding in the basal forebrain and midbrain of the male and female Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus). Neuroscience, 522, 33-41.

36. Boender A.J., Boon M., Albers H.E., Eck S.R., Fricker B.A., Kelly A.M., LeDoux J.E., Motta S.C., Shrestha S., Taylor J.H., Trainor B.C., Triana-Del Rio R., and Young L.J. (2023) An AAV CRISPR/Cas9-strategy for gene editing across divergent rodent species: targeting neural oxytocin receptors as a proof of concept. Science Advances, 9, 22.

35. Wallace K.J.†, Chun E.K. †, Manns, J.R., and Ophir A.G. ¥, and Kelly A.M.¥ (2023) A test of the Social Behavior Network reveals differential patterns of neural responses to social novelty in bonded, but not non-bonded, male prairie voles. Hormones and Behavior, 152, 105362. † indicates shared first authorship ¥ indicates shared anchor authorship

34. Fricker B.A., Roshko V.C. F, Jiang J. F, and Kelly A.M. (2023) Partner separation rescues pair bond-induced decreases in hypothalamic oxytocin neural densities. Nature’s Scientific Reports, 13, Article number: 4835

33. Powell J.M., Garvin M.M. F, Lee, N.S. F, and Kelly A.M. (2022) Behavioral trajectories of aging prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster): Adapting behavior to social context wanes with advanced age. PLOS ONE 17:11 e0276897.

32. Powell J.M., Inoue K., Wallace K.J., Seifert A.W., Young L.J., and Kelly A.M. (2022) Distribution of vasopressin 1a and

oxytocin receptor protein and mRNA in the basal forebrain and midbrain of the spiny mouse (Acomys cahirinus). Brain Structure and Function doi: 10.1007/s00429-022-02581-z

31. Loveland J.L., Giraldo-Deck L.M., and Kelly A.M. (2022) How inversion variants can shape neural circuitry: Insights from the three-morph mating tactics of ruff. Frontiers in Physiology 13:1011629.

30. Kelly A.M., Fricker B.A., and Wallace K.J. (2022) Protocol for multiplex fluorescent immunohistochemistry in free-floating rodent brain tissues. Cell Press STAR Protocols 4, 101672.

29. Kelly A.M., Gonzalez-Abreu J.G., and Thompson R.R. (2022) Beyond sex and aggression: Testosterone rapidly matches behavioral responses to social context and tries to predict the future. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 289, 1976.


28. Gonzalez-Abreu J.A., Rosenberg A. F, Fricker B.A., Wallace K.J., Seifert A.W., and Kelly A.M. (2022) Species-typical group size differentially influences social reward neural circuitry during nonreproductive social interactions iScience, 25(5), 104230.

27. Kelly A.M. (2022) A consideration of brain networks modulating social behavior. Hormones and Behavior 141, 105138.

26. Fricker B.A., Seifert A.W., and Kelly A.M. (2021) Characterization of social behavior in the spiny mouse, Acomys cahirinus, Ethology 00, 1-15.

25. Finton C.J., Kelly A.M., and Ophir A.G. (2021) Support for the parental practice hypothesis: subadult prairie voles exhibit similar behavioral and neural profiles when alloparenting kin and non-kin, Behavioral Brain Research, 417, 113571.

24. Kelly A.M. and Seifert A.W. (2021) Distribution of vasopressin and oxytocin neurons in the basal forebrain and midbrain of spiny mice (Acomys cahirinus), Neuroscience, 468, 16-28.


23. Kelly A.M., Ong J. F, Witmer R.A. F, Ophir A.G. (2020) Paternal deprivation impairs social behavior putatively via epigenetic modification to lateral septum vasopressin receptor. Science Advances, 6(36), eabb9116.

22. Kelly A.M. and Wilson L.C. (2019) Aggression: Perspectives from social and systems neuroscience. Hormones and Behavior, 123, Article 104523.


21. Hiura L.C., Kelly A.M., Ophir A.G. (2018) Age-specific and context-specific responses of the medial extended amygdala in the developing prairie vole, Developmental Neurobiology, 78(12), 1231-1245.

20. Finton C.J., Kelly A.M., Ophir A.G. (2018) Cannulation and microinjection stereotaxic surgeries in the prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster). Kopf Carrier #94.   

19. Kelly A.M., Hiura L.C., Ophir A.G. (2018) Rapid nonapeptide synthesis during a critical period

of development in the prairie vole: Plasticity of the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. Brain Structure and Function, 223(6), 2547-2560.

18. Kelly A.M., Saunders A.G., Ophir A.G. (2018) Mechanistic substrates of a life history transition

in male prairie voles: Developmental plasticity in affiliation and aggression corresponds to nonapeptide neuronal function. Hormones and Behavior, 99:14-24.

17. Stevenson T.J., Alward B.A., Ebling F.J.P., Fernald R.D., Kelly A.M., Ophir A.G. (2017) The value of comparative animal research: the application of Krogh’s principle facilitates scientific discoveries. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Article 745097.

16. Kelly A.M., Hiura L.C., Saunders A., Ophir A.G. (2017) Oxytocin neurons exhibit extensive

functional plasticity due to offspring age in mothers and fathers. Integrative and Comparative Biology. icx036,

15. Kelly A.M. and Vitousek M.N. (2017) Dynamic modulation of sociality and aggression: An examination of plasticity within endocrine and neuroendocrine systems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London B, 372:1727: 20160243.

14. Kelly A.M. and Ophir A.G. (2015) Compared to what: What can we say about nonapeptide function and social behavior without a frame of reference? Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 6, 97-103.

13. Kelly A.M. and Goodson J.L.  (2015) Interactions of multiple dopamine cell groups reflect personality, sex, and social context in highly social finches. Behavioural Brain Research, 280, 101-112.

12. Kelly A.M. and Goodson J.L. (2014) Social and stress-related functions of specific vasopressin oxytocin cell groups in vertebrates: What do we really know? Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 35, 512-529.

11. Kelly A.M. and Goodson J.L. (2014) Hypothalamic oxytocin and vasopressin neurons exert sex-specific effects on pair bonding, gregariousness and aggression in finches. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111, 6069-6074.

10. Kelly A.M. and Goodson J.L. (2013) Personality is tightly coupled to vasopressin-oxytocin neuron activity in a gregarious finch. Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience, 8,55.

9.   Kelly A.M. and Goodson J.L. (2013) Behavioral relevance of species-specific vasotocin

anatomy in gregarious finches. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2, 242.

8.   Kelly A.M. and Goodson J.L. (2013) Functional significance of a phylogenetically widespread sexual dimorphism in vasotocin/vasopressin production. Hormones and Behavior, 64, 840-846.

7.   Goodson J.L., Kelly A.M., Kingsbury M.A., Thompson R.R. (2012) An aggression-specific cell type in the anterior hypothalamus of finches. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109, 13847-52.

6.   Goodson J.L., Kelly A.M., Kingsbury M.A. (2012) Evolving nonapeptide mechanisms of gregariousness and social diversity in birds. Hormones and Behavior 61, 239-50.

5.   Kelly A.M., Kingsbury M.A., Hoffbuhr K., Schrock S.E., Waxman B., Kabelik D., Thompson R.R., Goodson J.L. (2011) Vasotocin neurons and septal V1a-like receptors potently modulate songbird flocking and responses to novelty. Hormones and Behavior 60, 12-21.

4.   Kingsbury M.A., Kelly A.M., Schrock S.E., Goodson J.L. (2011) Mammal-like organization of the avian midbrain central gray and a reappraisal of the intercollicular nucleus. PLoS One 6 e20720.

3.   Kabelik D., Kelly A.M., Goodson J.L. (2010)  Dopaminergic regulation of mate competition aggression and aromataste-Fos colocalization in vasotocin neurons. Neuropharmacology 58, 117-25.

2.   Goodson J.L., Kabelik D., Kelly A.M., Rinaldi J., Klatt J.D. (2009) Midbrain dopamine neurons reflect affiliation phenotypes in finches and are tightly coupled to courtship. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106, 8737-42.

1.   Goodson J.L., Rinaldi J., Kelly A.M. (2009) Vasotocin neurons in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis preferentially process social information and exhibit properties that dichotomize courting and non-courting phenotypes. Hormones and Behavior 55, 197-202.

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