Peer-Reviewed Research Articles


  1. Zhang K.J.*, R.A. Ramdev*, N.J. Tuta*, M.D. Spritzer. 2020. Dose-dependent effects of testosterone on spatial learning strategies and brain-derived neurotrophic factor in male rats. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 121, 104850. doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2020.104850
  2. Jaeger, E.C.B.*, L.E. Miller*, E.C. Goins*, C.E. Super*, C.U. Chyr*, J.W. Lower*, L.S. Honican*, D.E. Morrison*, R.A. Ramdev*, and D. Spritzer. 2020. Testosterone replacement causes dose-dependent improvements in spatial memory among aged male rats. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 113: 104550. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.104550
  3. Wagner, B.A.*, V.C. Braddick*, C.G. Batson*, B.H. Cullen*, L.E. Miller*, and D. Spritzer. 2018. Effects of testosterone dose on spatial memory among castrated adult male rats. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 89: 120–130, doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.12.025.
  4. Spritzer, M.D., A.W. Panning*, S.M. Engelman*, W.T. Prince*, A.E. Casler*, J.E. Georgakas*, E.C.B. Jaeger*, L.R. Nelson*, E.A. Roy*, and B.A. Wagner*. 2017. Seasonal and sex differences in cell proliferation, neurogenesis, and cell death within the dentate gyrus of adult wild-caught meadow voles. Neuroscience, 360: 155-165, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2017.07.046.
  5. Spritzer, M.D.,G. Curtis*, J.P. DeLoach*, J. Maher*, and L.M. Shulman*. 2016. Sexual interactions with unfamiliar females reduce hippocampal neurogenesis among adult male rats. Neuroscience, 318: 143-156.doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2016.01.015.
  6. Shulman, L.M.*, M.D. Spritzer. 2014. Changes in the sexual behavior and testosterone levels of male rats in response to daily interactions with estrus females. Physiology and Behavior, 133: 8-13. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.05.001.
  7. Spritzer, M.D., E.D. Fox*, G.E Larson*, C. Batson*, B. Wagner*, J.E. Maher*. 2013. Testosterone influences spatial strategy preferences among adult male rats. Hormones and Behavior, 63: 800-812, doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2013.03.018.
  8. Spritzer, M.D., E. Ibler*, W. Inglis*, and M.G. Curtis*. 2011. Testosterone and social isolation influence adult neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus of male rats. Neuroscience, 195: 180-190, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2011.08.034.
  9. Spritzer, M.D., E.D. Daviau*, M.K. Coneeny*, S.M. Engelman*, W.T. Prince*, and K.N. Rodriguez-Wisdom*. 2011. Effects of testosterone on spatial learning and memory in adult male rats. Hormones and Behavior, 59: 484-496, doi: 10:1016/j.yhbeh.2011.01.009.
  10. Spritzer, M.D., A. Weinberg, V. Viau and L.A.M. Galea. 2009. Prior sexual experience increases hippocampal cell proliferation and decreases risk assessment behavior in response to acute predator odor stress in the male rat. Behavioural Brain Research, 200: 106-112, doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2009.01.003.
  11. Spritzer, M.D., M. Gill, A. Weinberg and L.A.M. Galea. 2008. Castration differentially affects spatial working and reference memory in male rats. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37: 19-29, doi: 10.1007/s10508-007-9264-2.
  12. Epp, J.R., M.D. Spritzer, and L.A.M. Galea. 2007. Hippocampus-dependent learning promotes survival of new neurons in the dentate gyrus at a specific time during cell maturation. Neuroscience, 149: 273-285, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2007.07.046.
  13. Spritzer, M.D. and L.A.M. Galea. 2007. Testosterone and dihydrotestosterone, but not estradiol, enhance hippocampal neurogenesis in adult male rats. Developmental Neurobiology, 67: 1321-1333, doi: 10.1002/dneu.20457.
  14. Spritzer, M.D., N.G. Solomon and D.B. Meikle. 2006. Social dominance among male meadow voles is inversely related to reproductive success. Ethology, 112: 1027-1037, doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.2006.01260.x.
  15. Spritzer, M.D., D.B. Meikle and N.G. Solomon. 2005. Female choice based on male spatial ability and aggressiveness among meadow voles. Animal Behaviour, 69: 1121-1130, doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2004.06.033.
  16. Spritzer, M.D., N.G. Solomon and D.B. Meikle. 2005. Influence of scramble competition for mates upon the spatial ability of male meadow voles. Animal Behaviour, 69: 425-436, doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2004.03.015.
  17. Spritzer, M.D., D.B. Meikle and N.G. Solomon. 2004. The relationship between dominance and spatial ability among male meadow voles. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 118: 332-336, doi: 10.1037/0735-7036.118.3.332.
  18. Spritzer, M.D. and D. Brazeau. 2003. Direct vs. indirect benefits of caching by gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis). Ethology, 109: 559-575.
  19. Spritzer, M.D. 2002. Diet, microhabitat use and seasonal activity patterns of gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) in hammock and upland pine forest. American Midland Naturalist, 148: 271-281.
  20. Duncan, R.S., D.G. Wenny, M.D. Spritzer and C.J. Whelan. 2002. Does human scent bias seed predation studies? Ecology, 83: 2630-2636.

Peer-Reviewed Review Articles


  1. Spritzer, M.D. and E.A. Roy*. 2020. Testosterone and adult neurogenesis. 10: 225, doi:10.3390/biom10020225
  2. 1. Galea, L.A.M., M.D. Spritzer, J. Barker and J.L. Pawluski. 2006. Gonadal hormone modulation of hippocampal neurogenesis in the adult. Hippocampus, 16: 225-232, doi: 10.1002/hipo.20154.

*denotes student members of Spritzer lab