Professor Emeritus, Psychology

Owen Floody

Contact Information


B.A., Yale, 1968
Ph.D., Rockefeller, 1974

Read Professor Floody's faculty profile in Bucknell Magazine.


  • General Psychology
  • Human Neuropsychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Physiological
  • Psychology Laboratory

Research Interests

The control of animal reproductive behavior by specific hormones and neurotransmitters. The identification of the brain areas and mechanisms that control these behaviors and mediate the effects of the relevant hormones and transmitters. The localization of function within the brain. The recovery of function following brain damage.

Recent Publications (reflecting current interests)

Floody, O. R. & DeBold, J. F. Effects of midbrain lesions on lordosis and ultrasound production. Physiology and Behavior, in press, 2004.

Floody, O. R. Time course of VMN lesion effects on lordosis and proceptive behavior in female hamsters. Hormones and Behavior, 41, 366-376, 2002.

Gibson, B. M. and Floody, O. R., Time course of VMN lesion effects on lordosis and ultrasound production in hamsters. Behavioral Neuroscience, 112, 1236-1246, 1998.

Floody, O. R., Cooper, T. T. and Albers, H. E., Intracranial oxytocin increases ultrasound rate in female hamsters, Peptides, 19, 833-839, 1998.

Imondi, R. L. and Floody, O. R., Separation of septal influences on lordosis, ultrasound production and body weight, Physiology and Behavior, 63, 481-488, 1998.

Bartholomew, M. B. and Floody, O. R., Hypothalamic grafts induce the recovery of lordosis in female hamsters with lesions of the ventromedial hypothalamus, Hormones and Behavior, 32, 192-200, 1997.

Floody, O. R., Cuts between the septum and preoptic area increase ultrasound production, lordosis and body weight in female hamsters, Physiology and Behavior, 54, 383-392, 1993.

Floody, O. R., Dissociation of hypothalamic effects on ultrasound production and copulation, Physiology and Behavior, 46, 299-307, 1989.

Floody, O. R., Lateralized effects on hamster lordosis of unilateral hormonal and somatosensory stimuli, Brain Research Bulletin, 22, 745-749 1989.