Position title: Professor
Phone: (608) 262-6506
Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, Bowling Green State University
The focus of research in my lab is on the neural regulation of vocal communication in songbirds. My lab members and I are interested in 1) how the brain ensures that communication takes place within an appropriate context in response to appropriate social stimuli, 2) how the brain regulates motivation or reward associated with communication, and 3) how the brain regulates selective behavioral responses to communication signals. We are particularly interested in how the brain’s natural motivation and reward systems (the same systems implicated in feeding, sexual behavior, and drug abuse in humans) also participate in the production of vocal communication and responses to vocal signals.
Social communication, reward, motivation