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Sarah C Woolley
Affiliation: McGill University
Woolley S. Dopaminergic regulation of vocal-motor plasticity and performance. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2018;54:127-133 pubmed publisher
..We discuss these novel studies in the context of previous data implicating dopamine in Area X in the social modulation of song performance and how to reconcile effects on learning versus performance. ..
Barr H, Woolley S. Developmental auditory exposure shapes responses of catecholaminergic neurons to socially-modulated song. Sci Rep. 2018;8:11717 pubmed publisher
..These data highlight the lasting effects that developmental auditory experience can have in shaping both the density and sensory responsiveness of dopamine neuron populations. ..
Woolley S, Kao M. Variability in action: Contributions of a songbird cortical-basal ganglia circuit to vocal motor learning and control. Neuroscience. 2015;296:39-47 pubmed publisher
Van Ruijssevelt L, Chen Y, von Eugen K, Hamaide J, De Groof G, Verhoye M, et al. fMRI Reveals a Novel Region for Evaluating Acoustic Information for Mate Choice in a Female Songbird. Curr Biol. 2018;28:711-721.e6 pubmed publisher
..These data highlight a potential role for the caudocentral nidopallium (NCC) as a novel node in the avian circuitry underlying the evaluation of acoustic signals and their use in mate choice. ..
Woolley S. Social context differentially modulates activity of two interneuron populations in an avian basal ganglia nucleus. J Neurophysiol. 2016;116:2831-2840 pubmed publisher
Chen Y, Clark O, Woolley S. Courtship song preferences in female zebra finches are shaped by developmental auditory experience. Proc Biol Sci. 2017;284: pubmed publisher
..These data highlight the critical role of developmental auditory experience in shaping the perception and processing of song performance. ..