GREGORY BALL

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Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Neuroendocrinology of song behavior and avian brain plasticity: multiple sites of action of sex steroid hormones
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    Front Neuroendocrinol 23:137-78. 2002
  2. ncbi request reprint Is it useful to view the brain as a secondary sexual characteristic?
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N, Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA Electronic address
    Neurosci Biobehav Rev 46:628-38. 2014
  3. pmc The value of comparative approaches to our understanding of puberty as illustrated by investigations in birds and reptiles
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Horm Behav 64:211-4. 2013
  4. pmc High throughput analysis reveals dissociable gene expression profiles in two independent neural systems involved in the regulation of social behavior
    Tyler J Stevenson
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    BMC Neurosci 13:126. 2012
  5. pmc The Songbird Neurogenomics (SoNG) Initiative: community-based tools and strategies for study of brain gene function and evolution
    Kirstin Replogle
    Cell and Developmental Biology, Univ, of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA
    BMC Genomics 9:131. 2008
  6. ncbi request reprint Hormonal regulation of brain circuits mediating male sexual behavior in birds
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Physiol Behav 83:329-46. 2004
  7. ncbi request reprint Seasonal and hormonal modulation of neurotransmitter systems in the song control circuit
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    J Chem Neuroanat 39:82-95. 2010
  8. ncbi request reprint Birdsong
    G F Ball
    Department of Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD21218 2686, USA or
    Am Psychol 53:37-58. 1998
  9. pmc Individual variation and the endocrine regulation of behaviour and physiology in birds: a cellular/molecular perspective
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:1699-710. 2008
  10. ncbi request reprint Androgen metabolism and the activation of male sexual behavior: it's more complicated than you think!
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Horm Behav 49:1-3. 2006

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  1. ncbi request reprint Neuroendocrinology of song behavior and avian brain plasticity: multiple sites of action of sex steroid hormones
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    Front Neuroendocrinol 23:137-78. 2002
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  2. ncbi request reprint Is it useful to view the brain as a secondary sexual characteristic?
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N, Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA Electronic address
    Neurosci Biobehav Rev 46:628-38. 2014
    ..Identifying the brain as sexually selected requires careful hypothesis testing so that one can link a sex-biased aspect of a neural trait to a behavior that provides an advantage in a competitive mating situation. ..
  3. pmc The value of comparative approaches to our understanding of puberty as illustrated by investigations in birds and reptiles
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Horm Behav 64:211-4. 2013
    ....
  4. pmc High throughput analysis reveals dissociable gene expression profiles in two independent neural systems involved in the regulation of social behavior
    Tyler J Stevenson
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    BMC Neurosci 13:126. 2012
    ..The objectives of this study were to examine the broad changes in gene expression in brain regions that control song production with a brain region that governs the reproductive state...
  5. pmc The Songbird Neurogenomics (SoNG) Initiative: community-based tools and strategies for study of brain gene function and evolution
    Kirstin Replogle
    Cell and Developmental Biology, Univ, of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA
    BMC Genomics 9:131. 2008
    ..In response, we developed a core set of genomic tools and a novel collaborative strategy to probe gene expression in diverse songbird species and natural contexts...
  6. ncbi request reprint Hormonal regulation of brain circuits mediating male sexual behavior in birds
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Physiol Behav 83:329-46. 2004
    ....
  7. ncbi request reprint Seasonal and hormonal modulation of neurotransmitter systems in the song control circuit
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    J Chem Neuroanat 39:82-95. 2010
    ..More experimental work is, however, needed to identify specific genes related to neurotransmission that are regulated by steroids in functionally defined brain areas to enhance different aspects of song behavior...
  8. ncbi request reprint Birdsong
    G F Ball
    Department of Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD21218 2686, USA or
    Am Psychol 53:37-58. 1998
    ..This article highlights recent advances in knowledge as illustrations of the utility of birdsong as an arena for significant new developments in experimental psychology and behavioral neuroscience...
  9. pmc Individual variation and the endocrine regulation of behaviour and physiology in birds: a cellular/molecular perspective
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:1699-710. 2008
    ..This approach along with the use of newly developed molecular genetic tools represents a promising avenue for avian eco-physiologists to pursue...
  10. ncbi request reprint Androgen metabolism and the activation of male sexual behavior: it's more complicated than you think!
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Horm Behav 49:1-3. 2006
  11. ncbi request reprint Thyroid hormone transport and photoperiodism: feeling one's oatps
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    Endocrinology 147:1065-6. 2006
  12. pmc Sex differences in the response to environmental cues regulating seasonal reproduction in birds
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 363:231-46. 2008
    ..The neuroendocrine basis of these sex differences is not well understood, though there are many candidate mechanisms in the brain as well as throughout the entire hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal axis that might be important...
  13. ncbi request reprint The ovary knows more than you think! New views on clock genes and the positive feedback control of luteinizing hormone
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    Endocrinology 148:3029-30. 2007
  14. pmc Sexual arousal, is it for mammals only?
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Horm Behav 59:645-55. 2011
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  15. ncbi request reprint Steroid sensitive sites in the avian brain: does the distribution of the estrogen receptor alpha and beta types provide insight into their function?
    G F Ball
    Department of Psychology, Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Group, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218 2686, USA
    Brain Behav Evol 54:28-40. 1999
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  16. ncbi request reprint Ethological concepts revisited: immediate early gene induction in response to sexual stimuli in birds
    G F Ball
    Department of Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Brain Behav Evol 57:252-70. 2001
    ..Engaging in species-typical behaviors is also associated with motor-driven immediate early gene expression...
  17. ncbi request reprint Sex differences in songbirds 25 years later: what have we learned and where do we go?
    G F Ball
    Department of Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    Microsc Res Tech 54:327-34. 2001
    ..Future studies should focus on the function of the smaller song control nuclei of females and investigate the role these nuclei might play in perception as well as in production...
  18. ncbi request reprint Seasonal plasticity in the song control system: multiple brain sites of steroid hormone action and the importance of variation in song behavior
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 2686, USA
    Ann N Y Acad Sci 1016:586-610. 2004
    ..Seasonal neuroplasticity in the song system involves an interplay among seasonal state, testosterone action, and behavioral activity...
  19. pmc Japanese quail as a model system for studying the neuroendocrine control of reproductive and social behaviors
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    ILAR J 51:310-25. 2010
    ..With this base of knowledge and the recent cloning of the entire genome of the closely related chicken, quail will be valuable for future studies connecting gene expression to sexual and social behaviors...
  20. ncbi request reprint Birds return every spring like clockwork, but where is the clock?
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, USA
    Endocrinology 144:3739-41. 2003
  21. ncbi request reprint The activation of birdsong by testosterone: multiple sites of action and role of ascending catecholamine projections
    Gregory F Ball
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    Ann N Y Acad Sci 1007:211-31. 2003
    ..The song control circuit may thus be modulated in significant ways via the androgen regulation of forebrain catecholamine systems...
  22. ncbi request reprint Complementary neural systems for the experience-dependent integration of mate-choice cues in European starlings
    Keith W Sockman
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    J Neurobiol 62:72-81. 2005
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  23. pmc Interplay among catecholamine systems: dopamine binds to alpha2-adrenergic receptors in birds and mammals
    Charlotte A Cornil
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    J Comp Neurol 511:610-27. 2008
    ..Together, these data provide evidence for an interaction between the dopaminergic and noradrenergic systems in the vertebrate brain, albeit with species variations...
  24. pmc Effects of social experience on subsequent sexual performance in naïve male Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica)
    Charlotte A Cornil
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
    Horm Behav 57:515-22. 2010
    ..This experience effect is independent of any hormonal effect (such as one resulting from changes in secretion following different social interactions) given that the subjects were castrates chronically treated with testosterone...
  25. ncbi request reprint Noradrenergic projections to the song control nucleus area X of the medial striatum in male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
    Christina B Castelino
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    J Comp Neurol 502:544-62. 2007
    ..Furthermore, the novel projections to area X from telencephalic and thalamic areas could be new and interesting nodes in the striatopallidothalamic loop spanning the songbird brain...
  26. pmc Photoperiodic induced changes in reproductive state of border canaries (Serinus canaria) are associated with marked variation in hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone immunoreactivity and the volume of song control regions
    Laura L Hurley
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 2686, USA
    Gen Comp Endocrinol 158:10-9. 2008
    ..These data, along with previous work on other strains of canaries, indicate the presence of intra-specific variation in photoperiodically regulated neuroplasticity...
  27. ncbi request reprint Photoperiodic response of the hypothalamo-pituitary-gonad axis in male and female canaries, Serinus canaria
    George E Bentley
    Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Group, Department of Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    J Exp Zool A Comp Exp Biol 296:143-51. 2003
    ..This could be a result of many years of domestication, the natural history of the species, phylogenetic constraint, or a combination of these factors...
  28. ncbi request reprint Prior experience with photostimulation enhances photo-induced reproductive development in female European starlings: a possible basis for the age-related increase in avian reproductive performance
    Keith W Sockman
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    Biol Reprod 71:979-86. 2004
    ..Thus, prior experience with photostimulation enhances some initial phases of photo-induced reproductive development and may explain, in part, why reproductive performance improves with age in temperate-zone birds...
  29. ncbi request reprint Coordinated and dissociated effects of testosterone on singing behavior and song control nuclei in canaries (Serinus canaria)
    Jennifer J Sartor
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Horm Behav 47:467-76. 2005
    ..T can thus enhance singing well before concomitant androgen-induced changes in the song control system are complete...
  30. pmc Photoperiodic condition is associated with region-specific expression of GNRH1 mRNA in the preoptic area of the male starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
    Tyler J Stevenson
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    Biol Reprod 81:674-80. 2009
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  31. ncbi request reprint Social suppression of song is associated with a reduction in volume of a song-control nucleus in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)
    Jennifer J Sartor
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, US
    Behav Neurosci 119:233-44. 2005
    ..HVC volume did not differ in these starlings, indicating that nestbox possession alone cannot increase HVC. The findings suggest that changes in song nuclei volume can be driven by changes in singing...
  32. ncbi request reprint Anatomical localization of the effects of reproductive state, castration, and social milieu on cells immunoreactive for gonadotropin-releasing hormone-I in male European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)
    Tyler J Stevenson
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    J Comp Neurol 517:146-55. 2009
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  33. pmc Recent experience modulates forebrain gene-expression in response to mate-choice cues in European starlings
    Keith W Sockman
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 269:2479-85. 2002
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  34. pmc Photoperiodic differences in a forebrain nucleus involved in vocal plasticity: enkephalin immunoreactivity reveals volumetric variation in song nucleus lMAN but not NIf in male European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)
    Tyler J Stevenson
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    Dev Neurobiol 70:751-63. 2010
    ..We propose that greater lMAN(core) volumes are associated with the increase in vocal plasticity that is generally observed prior to production of stereotyped song...
  35. pmc Species differences in the relative densities of D1- and D2-like dopamine receptor subtypes in the Japanese quail and rats: an in vitro quantitative receptor autoradiography study
    Hayley K Kleitz
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Brain Behav Evol 73:81-90. 2009
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  36. pmc Dopamine release in the medial preoptic area is related to hormonal action and sexual motivation
    Hayley K Kleitz-Nelson
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Behav Neurosci 124:773-9. 2010
    ..Taken together, these results provide further support for the hypothesis that DA action in the mPOA is specifically linked to sexual motivation as compared to copulatory behavior per se...
  37. ncbi request reprint A role for norepinephrine in the regulation of context-dependent ZENK expression in male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
    Christina B Castelino
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Eur J Neurosci 21:1962-72. 2005
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  38. ncbi request reprint Noradrenergic deficits alter processing of communication signals in female songbirds
    Kathleen S Lynch
    Johns Hopkins University, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Baltimore, Maryland 21211, USA
    Brain Behav Evol 72:207-14. 2008
    ..Overall, our results reveal that noradrenaline plays a significant neuromodulatory role during the reception of species-typical communication signals...
  39. ncbi request reprint Dopamine modulates male sexual behavior in Japanese quail in part via actions on noradrenergic receptors
    Charlotte A Cornil
    Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, Research Group in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, University of Liege, B 4020 Liege, Belgium
    Behav Brain Res 163:42-57. 2005
    ..Together, these results show for the first time that i.c.v. injections of DA itself inhibit male sexual behavior in quail and suggest that the interaction of DA with alpha2-receptors has behavioral significance...
  40. pmc Catecholaminergic cell groups and vocal communication in male songbirds
    Kathleen S Lynch
    Johns Hopkins University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21211, USA
    Physiol Behav 93:870-6. 2008
    ..Overall, our study is consistent with the hypothesis that PAG catecholamine-containing neurons as well as VTA and SC neurons play a role in vocal communication of male songbirds...
  41. pmc Rapid effects of aromatase inhibition on male reproductive behaviors in Japanese quail
    Charlotte A Cornil
    Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, Research Group in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, University of Liege, Belgium
    Horm Behav 49:45-67. 2006
    ..Together, these data demonstrate that aromatase inhibition rapidly decreases both consummatory and appetitive aspects of male sexual behavior...
  42. pmc Functional significance of the rapid regulation of brain estrogen action: where do the estrogens come from?
    Charlotte A Cornil
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 108 Ames Hall, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 2686, USA
    Brain Res 1126:2-26. 2006
    ..Such mechanisms thus fulfill the gap existing between the fast actions of estrogen and their mode of production and open new avenues for the understanding of estrogenic effects on the brain...
  43. ncbi request reprint Fos-like immunoreactivity in catecholaminergic brain nuclei after territorial behavior in free-living song sparrows
    Donna L Maney
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
    J Neurobiol 56:163-70. 2003
    ..The number of flights directed at the intruder was correlated with FLI in AVT but not GCt. These results suggest a role for AVT and GCt, and thus possibly catecholamines, in the regulation of territorial behavior in songbirds...
  44. pmc Economy of mate attraction in the Cassin's finch
    Keith W Sockman
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Biol Lett 1:34-7. 2005
    ..Furthermore, song output in response to female loss increased with her reproductive competence. We suggest that individuals modulate mate-attraction effort based on the benefits such efforts are likely to yield...
  45. pmc Are rapid changes in gonadal testosterone release involved in the fast modulation of brain estrogen effects?
    Charlotte A Cornil
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Gen Comp Endocrinol 163:298-305. 2009
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  46. ncbi request reprint The neuroendocrine control of sex specific behavior in vertebrates: lessons from mammals and birds
    Margaret M McCarthy
    Department of Physiology and Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
    Curr Top Dev Biol 83:213-48. 2008
    ..Recent advances in the cellular and molecular mechanisms of steroid hormones in both organizing and activating neural circuits to control behavior reveal a wide variety of effector pathways and emphasize how much we have to learn...
  47. pmc Dopamine binds to alpha(2)-adrenergic receptors in the song control system of zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
    Charlotte A Cornil
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    J Chem Neuroanat 35:202-15. 2008
    ..Together these data provide evidence for a direct interaction between dopamine and adrenergic receptors in songbird brains albeit with regional variation...
  48. pmc Song predicts immunocompetence in male European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)
    Deborah L Duffy
    Department of Psychology, Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Group, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 269:847-52. 2002
    ..Whether this relationship is mediated directly by testosterone requires further investigation...
  49. ncbi request reprint Presence of aromatase and estrogen receptor alpha in the inner ear of zebra finches
    Isabelle C Noirot
    Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
    Hear Res 252:49-55. 2009
    ..To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of the presence of aromatase and of the co-localization of aromatase and ERalpha in the sensory epithelium of the inner ear in any animal model...