Gerald Hough

  • 1801 Citations
  • 11 h-Index

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Research interests

Research Expertise:
Neuroscience | Electrophysiology | Bioacoustics

My research interests are in two major areas: effects of aging on behavior and hippocampal anatomy, and language dialect analysis in songbirds. The increased lifespan of humans causes a concomitant increase in age-related disorders. Therefore, developing animal models for age-related declines in neuroanatomy and learning are key to developing new diagnostic tests and treatments for these progressive disorders. I am using homing pigeons, a model species that is

similar to humans in the way it learns about the environment (using 3D visual cues) and in hippocampal neuroanatomy. I am investigating the neural bases of spatial working memory declines seen in older birds as a model for developing new tools to diagnose at risk populations of humans. I also am interested in how the seaside sparrow, an Atlantic saltmarsh songbird, develops song dialects. This species is very sensitive to environmental disruption, which makes them a good indicator species for wetland degradation.

Honors and Awards:
Elected Fellow, American Ornithologists Union (2015)
Local Hero Award, American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (2015).

Member of:
Society for Neuroscience (
Animal Behavior Society (
Ornithologists Union (
National Association of Biology Teachers (

Wilson Ornithological Society (

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Master

Doctor of Philosophy, doctorate

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor

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Research Output

  • 1801 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 9 Article
  • 2 Comment/debate
  • 2 Review article

Age-related spatial working memory deficits in homing pigeons (Columba livia)

Coppola, V. J., Hough, G. & Bingman, V. P., 2014, In : Behavioral Neuroscience. 128, 6, p. 666-675 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Scopus citations

    The importance, effects, and ethics of bird collecting

    Winker, K., Reed, J. M., Escalante, P., Askins, R. A., Cicero, C., Hough, G. E. & Bates, J., Jul 2010, In : Auk. 127, 3, p. 690-695 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    21 Scopus citations

    Rotation of visual landmark cues influences the spatial response profile of hippocampal neurons in freely-moving homing pigeons

    Hough, G. E. & Bingman, V. P., Mar 5 2008, In : Behavioural Brain Research. 187, 2, p. 473-477 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 16 Scopus citations

    Avian brains and a new understanding of vertebrate brain evolution

    Jarvis, E., Güntürkün, O., Bruce, L., Csillag, A., Karten, H., Kuenzel, W., Medina, L., Paxinos, G., Perkel, D. J., Shimizu, T., Striedter, G., Martin Wild, J., Ball, G. F., Dugas-Ford, J., Durand, S. E., Hough, G. E., Husband, S., Kubikova, L., Lee, D. W., Mello, C. V. & 9 others, Powers, A., Siang, C., Smulders, T. V., Wada, K., White, S. A., Yamamoto, K., Yu, J., Reiner, A. & Butler, A. B., Feb 2005, In : Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 6, 2, p. 151-159 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 623 Scopus citations

    The avian hippocampus, homing in pigeons and the memory representation of large-scale space

    Bingman, V. P., Gagliardo, A., Hough, G. E., Ioalé, P., Kahn, M. C. & Siegel, J. J., Jun 2005, In : Integrative and Comparative Biology. 45, 3, p. 555-564 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 63 Scopus citations