Conall Eoghan Mac Cionnaith

Conall Eoghan Mac Cionnaith

Ph.D. Student in Behavioural Neurobiology

Concordia University


Hello there,

I am a Ph.D. student in Behavioural Neurobiology at Concordia University. My research focuses primarily on the sexual behaviours of female rats. The main research question I’m currently working on is how an animal chooses a sexual partner and whether oxytocin plays a role in these choices. I’m also currently exploring potential roles of oxytocin in female sexual arousal and the physiological and sensory perception of sexual stimulation.

My research and professional interests do extend beyond the niche topic of rats having sex. Recently, I founded the Concordia University chapter of the Sex and Gender Science Trainee Network, an initiative of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Health and Gender. We aim to create a network of local research that can share resources to make it easier for others to use research subjects of both sexes. You can find updates on the Concordia University Sex and Gender Science Trainee Network here.


  • Sexual behaviour and arousal
  • Oxytocin
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Sex as a biological variable
  • Programming (R, HTML, python newbie)


  • Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioural Neurobiology), In Progress

    Concordia University

  • B.A Hons. Psychology, 2015

    Maynooth University


In-vivo animal models






Recent Posts

What's the German for phenomenology?

Neuroscience is in the business of studying how neural states cause feeling, thoughts, and emotions. It sounds rather straight forward. But there are problems with this approach.

The generalizability crisis goes pandemic.

Psychology has had a rough few years; failed replications and low generalizability. While neuroscience sits blissfully unaware. Can we avoid a crisis by pretending it’s not there?

There are infinite ways to have sex & there’s nothing unnatural about any of them

The famous sex researcher Alfred Kinsey once said the only unnatural sex act is one that can’t be performed..

The orgasm gap and what sex-ed did not teach you

Studies show that women reach climax less often than men do during sexual encounters together.


Signalling the Vaginal Code. A Dual Role for Oxytocin in Sexual Partner Preference and Reproduction

The role of oxytocin transmission in sexual preferences and reproductive behavioural responses

The facilitating effect of oxytocin on sexually conditioned partner preference in the female rat

The effect of i.p. oxytocin administration on sexually conditioned partner preference

Fos expression in female rats with a conditioned partner preference for an individual male

Oxytocin neurons are activated by males associated with past copulation


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