Ofer Tchernichovski uses the songbird to study mechanisms of vocal learning. Like early speech development in the human infant, the songbird learns to imitate complex sounds during a critical period of development. The adult bird cannot imitate any more - we do not know why. His lab studies the animal behavior and dynamics of vocal learning and sound production across different brain levels. The lab aims to uncover the specific physiological and molecular (gene expression) brain processes that underlie song learning.
A study of monogamy and sociability in zebra finches provides important new research toward understanding how social interactions are regulated by the brain.
Article from the Laboratory of Vocal Learning at Hunter College is now being featured on Current Biology
The latest research article from the Laboratory of Vocal Learning at Hunter College is now being featured on the home page of the journal Current Biology.