Alison Fleming

Professor Emeritus

Area of Research

Hormones and Behavior, Behavioral Neuroscience


I am primarily interested in understanding why mothers want to mother. For 30 years I have studied this question in rats, in humans, and now in monkeys. We are interested in the factors that induce the ‘motivation’ to mother in terms of hormonal factors, sensory factors, the role of different brain mechanisms, the influences of early experiences, and so on. Details of our research questions and methodologies may be found on our website


B.Sc. (School of General Studies, Columbia University)
Ph. D. (Institute of Animal Behavior, Rutgers University)