Department of Biology
Emory College of Arts and Sciences
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The Sober Lab combines computational, neurophysiological, and behavioral approaches to study motor learning in songbirds, in particular the Bengalese finch, which learns singing from adult “tutors”. The Sober Lab performs complex manipulations of auditory feedback in adult birds to describe the computational rules governing how sensory experience drives behavioral plasticity. Quantitative modeling suggests that assemblies of several thousand neurons correlate their activity to modulate acoustic output over trials. It is a goal of the lab to use computational analysis of physiological data and biomechanical models to understand this system.