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Curley, James

James P Curley

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology


Office Location
SEA 5.248

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

I received my B.A. in Human Sciences at The University of Oxford (UK) in 1999. I was a member and scholar of Somerville College, Oxford. In 2003, I received a PhD in Zoology from the University of Cambridge (UK). My Ph.D research was conducted at the Department of Animal Behaviour, Cambridge, on the effects of imprinted genes on brain and behavioral development, particularly maternal and sexual behavior. 

I then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge for four years researching behavioral development, particularly how early life experiences shape individual differences in behavior. I was also the Charles & Katharine Darwin Research Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. 

Following this work I joined the Psychology Department at Columbia University, where I continued to work on the development of social and maternal behavior. From 2012-2017, I was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. There, I established a research group studying social dynamics and social dominance hierarchies. 

Our lab at UT focuses on the neurobiological basis of social behavior in groups, as well as the long-term plastic changes in the brain and peripheral physiology that occur as a consequence of social status. We also are interested in developing novel methods for the study of social hierarchies and networks.

Williamson C, Lee W & Curley JP, 2016, Temporal Dynamics of Social Hierarchy Formation and Maintenance in Male Mice. Animal Behaviour. 115:259-72.

Curley JP, 2016, Temporal Pairwise-Correlation Analysis Provides Empirical Support for Attention Hierarchies in Mice, Biology Letters. 12(5):20160192.

Williamson C, Franks B & Curley JP, 2016, Mouse Social Network Dynamics and Community Structure are Associated with Brain Plasticity-Related Gene Expression. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 10:152.

Williamson C, Romeo R & Curley JP, 2017, Dynamic changes in social dominance and mPOA GnRH mRNA expression in male mice following social opportunity. Hormones & Behavior. 87:80-88.

Williamson C, Lee W, Romeo R & Curley JP, 2017, Relationships between mouse dominance rank and plasma testosterone and corticosterone are dependent upon social context. Physiology & Behavior. 171:110-119.

Curley JP & Oschner K, 2017, How the brain represents social networks, Nature Human Behavior. 1:0104.

Lee W, Khan A, & Curley JP, 2017, Major urinary protein levels are associated with male social status and social context in mouse social hierarchies. Proceedings Royal Society. B. 284: 20171570.