Imagine the sound of President Barack Obama’s voice.
You can likely summon the quality of his voice in your mind, the particular pitch and cadence. For someone with a rare condition called phonagnosia, however, this… more>
Working in Sarah Bottjer’s laboratory, USC Dornsife doctoral student Amy Garrison researches the inter-hemispheric connections between vocal-control regions and the amygdala in the brains of songbirds.
As with humans,… more>
USC Dornsife scientists have discovered a population of neurons in the brains of juvenile songbirds that are necessary for allowing the birds to recognize the vocal sounds they are learning to imitate.
These neurons encode a… more>
Although less than half the size of a walnut and weighing one gram, the brain of a songbird is fully capable of generating complex learned behaviors. Songbirds are one of the few groups of animals other than humans that… more>
Loud and lively singers, some liken the sound of finches to toy trumpets -- ka-ching, beep-beep, oi, a-ha, or da-de-da!
Both male and female zebra finches sound off in chattering trills and calls. However, it is only the male… more>