finches

Summary

Summary: Common name for small PASSERIFORMES in the family Fringillidae. They have a short stout bill (BEAK) adapted for crushing SEEDS. Some species of Old World finches are called CANARIES.

Top Publications

  1. pmc The genome of a songbird
    Wesley C Warren
    The Genome Center, Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8501, 4444 Forest Park Avenue, St Louis, Missouri 63108, USA
    Nature 464:757-62. 2010
  2. pmc Vocal experimentation in the juvenile songbird requires a basal ganglia circuit
    Bence P Olveczky
    McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    PLoS Biol 3:e153. 2005
  3. pmc Sex bias and dosage compensation in the zebra finch versus chicken genomes: general and specialized patterns among birds
    Yuichiro Itoh
    Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Genome Res 20:512-8. 2010
  4. ncbi Tuning for spectro-temporal modulations as a mechanism for auditory discrimination of natural sounds
    Sarah M N Woolley
    Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720, USA
    Nat Neurosci 8:1371-9. 2005
  5. ncbi Birdsong memory: a neural dissociation between song recognition and production
    Sharon M H Gobes
    Behavioural Biology and Helmholtz Institute, Utrecht University, Padualaan 8, P O Box 80086, 3508 TB Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Curr Biol 17:789-93. 2007
  6. pmc Molecular evolution of genes in avian genomes
    Kiwoong Nam
    Department of Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Norbyvagen 18D, Uppsala, S 752 36, Sweden
    Genome Biol 11:R68. 2010
  7. pmc Using temperature to analyse temporal dynamics in the songbird motor pathway
    Michael A Long
    McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
    Nature 456:189-94. 2008
  8. pmc The recombination landscape of the zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata genome
    Niclas Backstrom
    Department of Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University, SE 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
    Genome Res 20:485-95. 2010
  9. pmc Human-like brain hemispheric dominance in birdsong learning
    Sanne Moorman
    Department of Psychology and Biology, and Helmholtz Institute, Utrecht University, 3584 CH Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109:12782-7. 2012
  10. pmc Rapid spine stabilization and synaptic enhancement at the onset of behavioural learning
    Todd F Roberts
    Department of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA
    Nature 463:948-52. 2010

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Publications323 found, 100 shown here

  1. pmc The genome of a songbird
    Wesley C Warren
    The Genome Center, Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8501, 4444 Forest Park Avenue, St Louis, Missouri 63108, USA
    Nature 464:757-62. 2010
    ..These results indicate an active involvement of the genome in neural processes underlying vocal communication and identify potential genetic substrates for the evolution and regulation of this behaviour...
  2. pmc Vocal experimentation in the juvenile songbird requires a basal ganglia circuit
    Bence P Olveczky
    McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    PLoS Biol 3:e153. 2005
    ..inactivation of LMAN dramatically reduced acoustic and sequence variability in the songs of juvenile zebra finches, doing so in a rapid and reversible manner...
  3. pmc Sex bias and dosage compensation in the zebra finch versus chicken genomes: general and specialized patterns among birds
    Yuichiro Itoh
    Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Genome Res 20:512-8. 2010
    ..These patterns suggest that different avian taxa may have evolved specific compensatory mechanisms...
  4. ncbi Tuning for spectro-temporal modulations as a mechanism for auditory discrimination of natural sounds
    Sarah M N Woolley
    Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720, USA
    Nat Neurosci 8:1371-9. 2005
    ..we compared the linear spectro-temporal tuning properties of auditory midbrain and forebrain neurons in zebra finches with the statistics of natural sounds, including song...
  5. ncbi Birdsong memory: a neural dissociation between song recognition and production
    Sharon M H Gobes
    Behavioural Biology and Helmholtz Institute, Utrecht University, Padualaan 8, P O Box 80086, 3508 TB Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Curr Biol 17:789-93. 2007
    ..We found that bilateral neurotoxic lesions to the NCM of adult male zebra finches impaired tutor-song recognition but did not affect the males' song production or their ability to discriminate ..
  6. pmc Molecular evolution of genes in avian genomes
    Kiwoong Nam
    Department of Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Norbyvagen 18D, Uppsala, S 752 36, Sweden
    Genome Biol 11:R68. 2010
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  7. pmc Using temperature to analyse temporal dynamics in the songbird motor pathway
    Michael A Long
    McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
    Nature 456:189-94. 2008
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  8. pmc The recombination landscape of the zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata genome
    Niclas Backstrom
    Department of Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University, SE 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
    Genome Res 20:485-95. 2010
    ..We genotyped 1920 single nucleotide polymorphisms in a multigeneration pedigree of more than 1000 zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) to develop a genetic linkage map, and then we used these map data together with the ..
  9. pmc Human-like brain hemispheric dominance in birdsong learning
    Sanne Moorman
    Department of Psychology and Biology, and Helmholtz Institute, Utrecht University, 3584 CH Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109:12782-7. 2012
    ..We exposed male zebra finches to tutor or unfamiliar song...
  10. pmc Rapid spine stabilization and synaptic enhancement at the onset of behavioural learning
    Todd F Roberts
    Department of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA
    Nature 463:948-52. 2010
    ..Here we report a test of these hypotheses using two-photon in vivo imaging to measure spine dynamics in zebra finches, which learn to sing by imitating a tutor song during a juvenile sensitive period...
  11. pmc A basal ganglia-forebrain circuit in the songbird biases motor output to avoid vocal errors
    Aaron S Andalman
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:12518-23. 2009
    ..Our observations support a view that basal ganglia-related circuits directly implement behavioral adaptations that minimize errors and subsequently stabilize these adaptations by training premotor cortical areas...
  12. ncbi Modulation power and phase spectrum of natural sounds enhance neural encoding performed by single auditory neurons
    Anne Hsu
    Neuroscience Institute and Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720 1650, USA
    J Neurosci 24:9201-11. 2004
    ..the neural encoding of synthetic and natural sounds by single neurons in the auditory system of male zebra finches by estimating the mutual information in the time-varying mean firing rate of the neuronal response...
  13. ncbi Contributions of an avian basal ganglia-forebrain circuit to real-time modulation of song
    Mimi H Kao
    Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143 0444, USA
    Nature 433:638-43. 2005
    ..More generally, they suggest that frontal cortical and basal ganglia areas may contribute to motor learning by biasing motor output towards desired targets or by introducing stochastic variability required for reinforcement learning...
  14. pmc Functional identification of sensory mechanisms required for developmental song learning
    Sarah E London
    Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, 2500N IGB, MC 195, 1206 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA
    Nat Neurosci 11:579-86. 2008
    ..Thus the foundation of normal song learning, the formation of a sensory memory of tutor song, requires a conserved molecular pathway in a brain area that is distinct from the circuit for song motor control...
  15. ncbi Cortical interference effects in the cocktail party problem
    Rajiv Narayan
    Hearing Research Center, Boston University, 44 Cummington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA
    Nat Neurosci 10:1601-7. 2007
    ..The behavioral performance of songbirds degraded in a parallel manner. Our results identify neural interference that could explain the perceptual interference at the heart of the cocktail party problem...
  16. ncbi Detection and quantification of Mycoplasma gallisepticum genome load in conjunctival samples of experimentally infected house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) using real-time polymerase chain reaction
    Jessica L Grodio
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
    Avian Pathol 37:385-91. 2008
    ..mgc2 gene was developed to detect Mycoplasma gallisepticum in conjunctival swabs of experimentally infected house finches. The assay was demonstrated to be quantitative by the standard curve method with reproducible results within runs ..
  17. pmc Divergence with gene flow as facilitated by ecological differences: within-island variation in Darwin's finches
    Luis Fernando de León
    Redpath Museum and Department of Biology, McGill University, 859 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, Canada, H3A 2K6
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 365:1041-52. 2010
    ..We here study divergence with gene flow in Darwin's finches, focusing on the role of ecological/adaptive differences in maintaining/promoting divergence and reproductive ..
  18. ncbi Neural processing of auditory feedback during vocal practice in a songbird
    Georg B Keller
    Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich ETH Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Nature 457:187-90. 2009
    ..feedback processing outside the traditional song system, in single auditory forebrain neurons of juvenile zebra finches that were in a late developmental stage of song learning...
  19. ncbi The zebra finch paradox: song is little changed, but number of neurons doubles
    Clare Walton
    Laboratory of Animal Behavior, The Rockefeller University, New York, New York 10065, USA
    J Neurosci 32:761-74. 2012
    ..New neurons are added, too, to the HVC of zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) that do not learn new songs in adulthood and whose song remains stereotyped throughout the ..
  20. ncbi Early exposure to 2,2',4,4',5-pentabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-99) affects mating behavior of zebra finches
    Margaret L Eng
    Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6, Canada
    Toxicol Sci 127:269-76. 2012
    ..The results demonstrate that early exposure to environmentally relevant levels of BDE-99 affects the behavior of zebra finches.
  21. ncbi Birdsong and the brain: the syntax of memory
    Johan J Bolhuis
    Behavioural Biology, Department of Biology and Helmholtz Institute, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Neuroreport 21:395-8. 2010
    ..use expression of immediate early genes to show that the caudomedial pallium of female Bengalese finches is particularly responsive to the phonology of male song and not to the sequence of its elements...
  22. ncbi Age-dependent allocation of carotenoids to coloration versus antioxidant defences
    J Cote
    Biogéosciences UMR 5561, Universite de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
    J Exp Biol 213:271-7. 2010
    ..Using zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) as a model species, we assessed circulating carotenoids, beak coloration and the plasma ..
  23. pmc Linked control of syllable sequence and phonology in birdsong
    Melville J Wohlgemuth
    Department of Physiology, W M Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, San Francisco, California 94143 0444, USA
    J Neurosci 30:12936-49. 2010
    ..Together, these results suggest that, rather than being controlled independently, the sequence and phonology of birdsong are intimately related, as is the case for human speech...
  24. pmc Own-song recognition in the songbird auditory pathway: selectivity and lateralization
    Colline Poirier
    Bio Imaging Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Antwerp, B 2020 Antwerp, Belgium
    J Neurosci 29:2252-8. 2009
    ..toward the right side, a finding reminiscent of the potential right lateralization of song production in zebra finches but also of own-face and own-voice recognition in human beings...
  25. pmc Mechanisms and time course of vocal learning and consolidation in the adult songbird
    Timothy L Warren
    Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143 0444, USA
    J Neurophysiol 106:1806-21. 2011
    ..how LMAN contributes to both reinforcement-driven learning and a self-driven recovery process in adult Bengalese finches. We first drove changes in the fundamental frequency of targeted song syllables and compared the effects of ..
  26. pmc Two developmental modules establish 3D beak-shape variation in Darwin's finches
    Ricardo Mallarino
    Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 108:4057-62. 2011
    ..Similar modularity in development may characterize complex traits in other organisms to a greater extent than is currently appreciated...
  27. ncbi Speciational history of Australian grass finches (Poephila) inferred from thirty gene trees
    W Bryan Jennings
    Museum of Comparative Zoology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
    Evolution 59:2033-47. 2005
    ..population divergence times and ancestral population sizes of three closely related species of Australian grass finches (Poephila) distributed across two barriers in northern Australia...
  28. pmc Functional groups in the avian auditory system
    Sarah M N Woolley
    Department of Psychology, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027, USA
    J Neurosci 29:2780-93. 2009
    ..Comparing STRFs in midbrain and forebrain neurons suggested that both inheritance and emergence of tuning properties occur as information ascends the auditory processing stream...
  29. pmc Invariance and sensitivity to intensity in neural discrimination of natural sounds
    Cyrus P Billimoria
    Department of Biomedical Engineering, Hearing Research Center, Center for Biodynamics and Program in Mathematical and Computational Neuroscience, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA
    J Neurosci 28:6304-8. 2008
    ..Our results indicate that a temporally sparse spike timing-based code at a primary cortical stage can provide a substrate for intensity-invariant discrimination of natural sounds...
  30. ncbi New brain pathways found in the vocal control system of a songbird
    Eugene Akutagawa
    Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125, USA
    J Comp Neurol 518:3086-100. 2010
    ..The present study adds complex new connections that expand the traditional song system circuitry into the caudal mesopallium. These new pathways are likely to have broad implications for deciphering how this intricate system works...
  31. ncbi Cortical discrimination of complex natural stimuli: can single neurons match behavior?
    Le Wang
    Hearing Research Center, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA
    J Neurosci 27:582-9. 2007
    ..Finally, we compare neural performance with behavioral performance. We find a diverse range of performance levels in field L, with neural performance matching behavioral accuracy only for the best neurons using a spike-timing-based code...
  32. pmc Dynamic role of postsynaptic caspase-3 and BIRC4 in zebra finch song-response habituation
    Graham R Huesmann
    Neuroscience Program, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and The Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, 405 North Mathews Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA
    Neuron 52:1061-72. 2006
    ..Thus, the brain appears to have adapted a core component of cell death machinery to serve a unique role in learning and memory...
  33. ncbi Maternally derived carotenoid pigments affect offspring survival, sex ratio, and sexual attractiveness in a colorful songbird
    K J McGraw
    Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853, USA
    Naturwissenschaften 92:375-80. 2005
    ..Here, we show that the colorful carotenoid pigments that female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) deposit into egg yolks influence embryonic and nestling survival, the sex ratio of fledged ..
  34. pmc Hemispheric differences in processing of vocalizations depend on early experience
    Mimi L Phan
    Department of Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107:2301-6. 2010
    ..isolation, song tutoring, and muting), we manipulated the postnatal auditory environment of developing zebra finches, and then assessed effects on hemispheric specialization for communication sounds in adulthood...
  35. pmc Nucleotide variation, linkage disequilibrium and founder-facilitated speciation in wild populations of the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata)
    Christopher N Balakrishnan
    Museum of Comparative Zoology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussetts 02138, USA
    Genetics 181:645-60. 2009
    ..Our analysis provides a quantitative framework for studying the role of selection and drift in shaping patterns of molecular evolution in the zebra finch genome...
  36. ncbi Performance variability enables adaptive plasticity of 'crystallized' adult birdsong
    EVREN C TUMER
    Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Sloan Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology, Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143 0444, USA
    Nature 450:1240-4. 2007
    ..More generally, our results suggest that residual variability in well learned skills is not entirely noise but rather reflects meaningful motor exploration that can support continuous learning and optimization of performance...
  37. pmc Social context-dependent singing-regulated dopamine
    Aya Sasaki
    Department of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA
    J Neurosci 26:9010-4. 2006
    ..Our findings implicate DA and molecules that control DA kinetics in singing behavior and social context-dependent brain function...
  38. ncbi Comparative landscape genetics and the adaptive radiation of Darwin's finches: the role of peripheral isolation
    K Petren
    Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221 0006, USA
    Mol Ecol 14:2943-57. 2005
    ..to investigate how geographical features of the Galápagos landscape structure island populations of Darwin's finches. We compare the three most genetically divergent groups of Darwin's finches comprising morphologically and ..
  39. pmc Social context-induced song variation affects female behavior and gene expression
    Sarah C Woolley
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America
    PLoS Biol 6:e62. 2008
    ..For example, male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) change their songs in subtle ways when singing to a female (directed song) compared with ..
  40. ncbi Ensemble coding of vocal control in birdsong
    Anthony Leonardo
    McGovern Institute and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
    J Neurosci 25:652-61. 2005
    ..This permits rapidly changing RA ensembles to drive both fast and slow acoustic modulations, thereby transforming the sparse HVC code into a continuous vocal pattern...
  41. ncbi A synaptic basis for auditory-vocal integration in the songbird
    Eric E Bauer
    Department of Neurobiology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA
    J Neurosci 28:1509-22. 2008
    ..for much of the auditory-evoked activity that can be detected in NIf and HVC of anesthetized adult male zebra finches. Furthermore, extracellular and intracellular recordings along with spike-triggered averaging methods indicate ..
  42. ncbi House finch populations differ in early inflammatory signaling and pathogen tolerance at the peak of Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection
    James S Adelman
    Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061, USA
    Am Nat 181:674-89. 2013
    ..Here, we examine patterns and mechanisms of tolerance between two populations of house finches (Haemorhous [formerly Carpodacus] mexicanus) with different histories with the bacterial pathogen Mycoplasma ..
  43. ncbi Re-exposure of captive house finches that recovered from Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection
    Keila V Sydenstricker
    Wildlife Health Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 6401, USA
    J Wildl Dis 41:326-33. 2005
    Fourteen house finches were reinoculated (re-exposed) with 0.05 ml (3.24x10(5) colony forming units/ml) of Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) in the conjunctival sac of each eye...
  44. pmc Visual modeling shows that avian host parents use multiple visual cues in rejecting parasitic eggs
    Claire N Spottiswoode
    Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107:8672-6. 2010
    ....
  45. ncbi Characterization of experimental Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection in captive house finch flocks
    Keila V Sydenstricker
    Wildlife Health Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
    Avian Dis 50:39-44. 2006
    ..in 2002, horizontal transmission of Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) in two flocks of 11 wild-caught house finches housed in outdoor aviaries over a 6-mo period...
  46. ncbi Dynamics of a novel pathogen in an avian host: Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis in house finches
    Andre A Dhondt
    Cornell University, Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
    Acta Trop 94:77-93. 2005
    ..strain of Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG)--a poultry pathogen with a world-wide distribution--emerged in wild house finches and within 3 years had reached epidemic proportions across their eastern North American range...
  47. ncbi Evolution of character displacement in Darwin's finches
    Peter R Grant
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 1003, USA
    Science 313:224-6. 2006
    ..These findings support the role of competition in models of community assembly, speciation, and adaptive radiations...
  48. pmc Colocalization of immediate early genes in catecholamine cells after song exposure in female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
    Kathleen S Lynch
    Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
    Brain Behav Evol 79:252-60. 2012
    ..within three catecholaminergic brain regions in song-exposed (n = 11) and silence-exposed (n = 6) female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
  49. pmc Activation changes in zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) brain areas evoked by alterations of the earth magnetic field
    Nina Keary
    Lehrstuhl Verhaltensforschung, Universitat Bielefeld, Morgenbreede 45, Bielefeld, Germany
    PLoS ONE 7:e38697. 2012
    ..We here exposed unrestrained zebra finches to either a stationary or a rotating magnetic field of the local intensity and inclination...
  50. pmc Estradiol induces region-specific inhibition of ZENK but does not affect the behavioral preference for tutored song in adult female zebra finches
    Lace A Svec
    Neuroscience Program, Michigan State University, 108 Giltner Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824, United States
    Behav Brain Res 199:298-306. 2009
    Female zebra finches display a preference for songs of males raised with tutors compared to those from males without tutors...
  51. ncbi Further western spread of Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection of house finches
    David H Ley
    North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
    J Wildl Dis 42:429-31. 2006
    ..pathogen of poultry, especially chickens and turkeys, emerged in 1994 as the cause of conjunctivitis in house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) in their eastern range of North America. The resulting epidemic of M...
  52. pmc Sleep and sensorimotor integration during early vocal learning in a songbird
    Sylvan S Shank
    Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA
    Nature 458:73-7. 2009
    ..Birdsong learning is a paradigmatic model system for skill learning. Song development in juvenile zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) is characterized by sleep-dependent circadian fluctuations in singing behaviour, with ..
  53. ncbi Evolution of bite force in Darwin's finches: a key role for head width
    A Herrel
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Evol Biol 18:669-75. 2005
    Studies of Darwin's finches of the Galapagos Islands have provided pivotal insights into the interplay of ecological variation, natural selection, and morphological evolution...
  54. pmc Changes in the neural control of a complex motor sequence during learning
    Bence P Olveczky
    McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    J Neurophysiol 106:386-97. 2011
    ..As learning proceeds and the motor circuits mature, the relative contribution of LMAN is reduced, allowing the premotor input from HVC to drive an increasingly stereotyped song...
  55. pmc Online contributions of auditory feedback to neural activity in avian song control circuitry
    Jon T Sakata
    Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94143 0444, USA
    J Neurosci 28:11378-90. 2008
    ..Here, we recorded single and multiunit activity in the premotor nucleus HVC (proper name) of singing Bengalese finches in response to feedback perturbations that are known to drive plastic changes in song...
  56. pmc Complex sequencing rules of birdsong can be explained by simple hidden Markov processes
    Kentaro Katahira
    ERATO, Okanoya Emotional Information Project, Japan Science Technology Agency, Wako, Saitama, Japan
    PLoS ONE 6:e24516. 2011
    ..Our results imply that the hierarchical representation with hidden state dynamics may underlie the neural implementation for generating complex behavioral sequences with higher-order dependencies...
  57. pmc Inhibitory network interactions shape the auditory processing of natural communication signals in the songbird auditory forebrain
    Raphael Pinaud
    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 14627, USA
    J Neurophysiol 100:441-55. 2008
    ..Thus processing of learned natural communication sounds in songbirds, and possibly other vocal learners, may depend on complex interactions of inhibitory networks...
  58. pmc Support for a synaptic chain model of neuronal sequence generation
    Michael A Long
    McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
    Nature 468:394-9. 2010
    ..of models of neural sequence generation, we carried out intracellular recordings of HVC neurons in singing zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
  59. pmc An efficient coding hypothesis links sparsity and selectivity of neural responses
    Florian Blättler
    Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
    PLoS ONE 6:e25506. 2011
    ..In summary, we find support for the efficient coding hypothesis and provide new insights into the interplay between the sparsity and selectivity of neural responses...
  60. ncbi Heterozygosity-fitness correlations in zebra finches: microsatellite markers can be better than their reputation
    Wolfgang Forstmeier
    Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Eberhard Gwinner Str 8, 82319 Seewiesen, Germany
    Mol Ecol 21:3237-49. 2012
    ..We examined correlations between 11 fitness-related traits measured in up to 1192 captive zebra finches and three measures of inbreeding: (i) heterozygosity across 11 microsatellite markers, (ii) heterozygosity across ..
  61. ncbi Familial differences in the effects of mercury on reproduction in zebra finches
    Claire W Varian-Ramos
    Institute for Integrative Bird Behavior Studies, Biology Department, College of William and Mary, P O Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187, USA Electronic address
    Environ Pollut 182:316-23. 2013
    ..We assessed the variation in reproductive success of full-sibling families of captive zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) experimentally exposed to methylmercury...
  62. ncbi Molt-breeding overlap alters molt dynamics and behavior in zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata castanotis
    Maria A Echeverry-Galvis
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
    J Exp Biol 215:1957-64. 2012
    ..and potential costs of such overlap by comparing molt and behavioral patterns in both sexes of captive zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata castanotis) that were solely molting or were overlapping breeding and molt...
  63. pmc Spectrum of MHC class II variability in Darwin's finches and their close relatives
    Akie Sato
    Department of Anatomy, School of Dental Medicine, Tsurumi University, Yokohama, Japan
    Mol Biol Evol 28:1943-56. 2011
    ..II B exon 2 and 114 intron 2 sequences of 36 passerine bird species, 13 of which belong to the group of Darwin's finches (DFs) and the remaining 23 to close or more distant relatives of DFs in Central and South America...
  64. ncbi Acoustic characteristics, early experience, and endocrine status interact to modulate female zebra finches' behavioral responses to songs
    Akshat Vyas
    Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Doctoral Program, Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY 10016, USA
    Horm Behav 55:50-9. 2009
    ..Song preferences in female zebra finches are known to be influenced by two factors--early auditory experience and the acoustic characteristics of males' ..
  65. pmc The secondary contact phase of allopatric speciation in Darwin's finches
    Peter R Grant
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 1003, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:20141-8. 2009
    ..Here, we report the establishment and persistence of a reproductively isolated population of Darwin's finches on the small Galápagos Island of Daphne Major in the secondary contact phase of speciation...
  66. ncbi QTL linkage mapping of zebra finch beak color shows an oligogenic control of a sexually selected trait
    Holger Schielzeth
    Department of Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University, Norbyvagen 18D, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
    Evolution 66:18-30. 2012
    ..Here we analyze whether the genetic architecture of beak color in a population of zebra finches supports this hypothesis...
  67. ncbi Frequency-range discriminations and absolute pitch in black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus), mountain chickadees (Poecile gambeli), and zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
    Tiffany T Y Lee
    Department of Psychology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    J Comp Psychol 120:217-28. 2006
    ..Black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus), mountain chickadees (Poecile gambeli), and zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) were trained to sort tones contiguous in frequency into 8 ranges on the basis of ..
  68. ncbi Contrasting natural experiments confirm competition between House Finches and House Sparrows
    Caren B Cooper
    Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14850, USA
    Ecology 88:864-70. 2007
    After House Finches were introduced from the western to the eastern United States and rapidly increased in numbers, House Sparrows declined, leading to suggestions that the decline was caused by interspecific competition...
  69. pmc Conjunction of vocal production and perception regulates expression of the immediate early gene ZENK in a novel cortical region of songbirds
    Sarah W Bottjer
    Section of Neurobiology, HNB 218, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089 2520, USA
    J Neurophysiol 103:1833-42. 2010
    ..Here we show that vocal production strongly induces the IEG product ZENK in dNCL of zebra finches. Hearing tutor song while singing is more effective at inducing expression in dNCL of juvenile birds during the ..
  70. ncbi A specialized forebrain circuit for vocal babbling in the juvenile songbird
    Dmitriy Aronov
    McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Science 320:630-4. 2008
    ..We found that subsong production in zebra finches does not require HVC (high vocal center), a key premotor area for singing in adult birds, but does require LMAN (..
  71. ncbi Real-time contributions of auditory feedback to avian vocal motor control
    Jon T Sakata
    Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94143 0444, USA
    J Neurosci 26:9619-28. 2006
    ..Moreover, they demonstrate that song premotor circuitry is sensitive to auditory feedback during singing and suggest that feedback may contribute in real time to the control and calibration of song...
  72. pmc Central contributions to acoustic variation in birdsong
    Samuel J Sober
    Department of Physiology, W M Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, San Francisco, California 94143 0444, USA
    J Neurosci 28:10370-9. 2008
    ..Here, we recorded from the premotor nucleus robust nucleus of the arcopallium (RA) in Bengalese finches and measured whether neural activity covaried with syllable structure across multiple renditions of individual ..
  73. pmc Effects of long-term flutamide treatment during development in zebra finches
    William Grisham
    Department of Psychology and Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology of Brain Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1563, United States
    Neurosci Lett 418:92-6. 2007
    ..The present results do not support an important role for androgen in masculinizing the song circuit after posthatch day 7...
  74. pmc Neuron-specific stimulus masking reveals interference in spike timing at the cortical level
    Eric Larson
    Department of Biomedical Engineering, Hearing Research Center, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA
    J Assoc Res Otolaryngol 13:81-9. 2012
    ..We record from single and multi-unit auditory sites from field L, the auditory cortex homologue in zebra finches. We use a novel method called spike timing-based stimulus filtering that uses the measured response of each ..
  75. pmc Sex- and age-related differences in ribosomal proteins L17 and L37, as well as androgen receptor protein, in the song control system of zebra finches
    Y P Tang
    Michigan State University, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
    Neuroscience 171:1131-40. 2010
    ..Specific patterns differed across regions and between RPL17 and RPL37, which suggest potential roles of one or both of these proteins in the incorporation and/or differentiation of song system cells...
  76. pmc Early fasting is long lasting: differences in early nutritional conditions reappear under stressful conditions in adult female zebra finches
    E Tobias Krause
    Department of Animal Behaviour, University Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
    PLoS ONE 4:e5015. 2009
    ..differences in nutritional conditions experienced during different periods of early development by female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) on measures of management and acquisition of body reserves...
  77. ncbi Carotenoid intake does not affect immune-stimulated oxidative burst in greenfinches
    Elin Sild
    Department of Zoology, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, The Centre of Excellence FIBIR, Tartu University, Vanemuise 46, 51014 Tartu, Estonia
    J Exp Biol 214:3467-73. 2011
    ..However, it remains to be tested whether the oxidative burst of phagocytes induced in our experiment actually inflicts oxidative damage and whether carotenoids play a role in the attenuation of such potential damages...
  78. ncbi A molecular phylogeny of the Sierra-Finches (Phrygilus, Passeriformes): extreme polyphyly in a group of Andean specialists
    Leonardo Campagna
    División de Ornitología, Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia, Av Angel Gallardo 470, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, C1405DJR Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Mol Phylogenet Evol 61:521-33. 2011
    ..we use mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences to derive the first phylogenetic hypothesis for Phrygilus (Sierra-Finches), one of the most species-rich genera of mainly Andean passerines...
  79. pmc Adult birdsong is actively maintained by error correction
    Samuel J Sober
    W M Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Department of Physiology, San Francisco, California, USA
    Nat Neurosci 12:927-31. 2009
    ..We perturbed the pitch (fundamental frequency) of auditory feedback in adult Bengalese finches using custom-designed headphones. Birds compensated for the imposed auditory error by adjusting the pitch of song...
  80. pmc Singing-related neural activity distinguishes two putative pallidal cell types in the songbird basal ganglia: comparison to the primate internal and external pallidal segments
    Jesse H Goldberg
    McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
    J Neurosci 30:7088-98. 2010
    ..functionally homologous to GPe and GPi neurons, we recorded from neurons in area X of singing juvenile male zebra finches, and directly compared their firing patterns to neurons recorded in the primate pallidus...
  81. ncbi Precise auditory-vocal mirroring in neurons for learned vocal communication
    J F Prather
    Department of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina 27710, USA
    Nature 451:305-10. 2008
    ..Furthermore, these neurons innervate striatal structures important for song learning, raising the possibility that singing-related activity in these cells is compared to auditory feedback to guide vocal learning...
  82. pmc An avian basal ganglia-forebrain circuit contributes differentially to syllable versus sequence variability of adult Bengalese finch song
    Cara M Hampton
    Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143 0444, USA
    J Neurophysiol 101:3235-45. 2009
    ..For example, in adult zebra finches, neurons in LMAN actively control the variability of syllable structure...
  83. pmc Mate choice for a male carotenoid-based ornament is linked to female dietary carotenoid intake and accumulation
    Matthew B Toomey
    School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 4501, USA
    BMC Evol Biol 12:3. 2012
    ..To test this hypothesis, we manipulated the dietary carotenoid levels of captive female house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) and assessed their mate choice behavior in response to color-manipulated male finches.
  84. ncbi Is there an energetic-based trade-off between thermoregulation and the acute phase response in zebra finches?
    Gary Burness
    Department of Biology, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
    J Exp Biol 213:1386-94. 2010
    ..We tested the metabolic and behavioural response of male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) to the combined effects of thermoregulation and generation of an acute phase response (APR)...
  85. ncbi Immediate early gene expression following exposure to acoustic and visual components of courtship in zebra finches
    Marc T Avey
    Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont N6A 5C2, Canada
    Behav Brain Res 165:247-53. 2005
    ..Most work on IEG expression in songbirds such as zebra finches has focused on playback of acoustic stimuli and its effect on auditory processing areas such as caudal medial ..
  86. pmc Organizing principles of spectro-temporal encoding in the avian primary auditory area field L
    Katherine I Nagel
    Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA
    Neuron 58:938-55. 2008
    ..spectro-temporal receptive fields (STRFs) of neurons in the primary auditory area field L of unanesthetized zebra finches. Cells were sensitive to only a subset of possible acoustic features: nearly all neurons were narrowly tuned ..
  87. ncbi Immune-system activation depletes retinal carotenoids in house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Matthew B Toomey
    School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 4501, USA
    J Exp Biol 213:1709-16. 2010
    ..To test this hypothesis, we challenged molting wild-caught captive house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) with weekly injections of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and phytohaemagglutinin (PHA) over the ..
  88. ncbi Short- and long-term consequences of early developmental conditions: a case study on wild and domesticated zebra finches
    B Tschirren
    Centre for the Integrative Study of Animal Behaviour, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    J Evol Biol 22:387-95. 2009
    ..in the recent past, manipulated rearing conditions affected morphology and ornamentation of wild and domesticated finches in a very similar way...
  89. ncbi Sex steroid dependence of carotenoid-based coloration in female zebra finches
    Kevin J McGraw
    Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
    Physiol Behav 88:347-52. 2006
    ..and correlationally investigated the effect of T on the color of the carotenoid-based beak in female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
  90. pmc Midbrain dopamine neurons reflect affiliation phenotypes in finches and are tightly coupled to courtship
    James L Goodson
    Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:8737-42. 2009
    ..We now show that in male zebra finches (Estrildidae: Taeniopygia guttata), Fos activity within a subpopulation of tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive (..
  91. pmc Song decrystallization in adult zebra finches does not require the song nucleus NIf
    Arani Roy
    Department of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA
    J Neurophysiol 102:979-91. 2009
    In adult male zebra finches, transecting the vocal nerve causes previously stable (i.e., crystallized) song to slowly degrade, presumably because of the resulting distortion in auditory feedback...
  92. pmc Avian nucleus retroambigualis: cell types and projections to other respiratory-vocal nuclei in the brain of the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata)
    J M Wild
    Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
    J Comp Neurol 512:768-83. 2009
    ..Together the ascending and descending projections of RAm confirm its pivotal role in the mediation of respiratory-vocal control...
  93. pmc Millisecond timescale disinhibition mediates fast information transmission through an avian basal ganglia loop
    Arthur Leblois
    Department of Otolaryngology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195, USA
    J Neurosci 29:15420-33. 2009
    ..Such fast signaling through disinhibition and rebound may be a crucial specialization for learning of rapid and temporally precise motor acts such as vocal communication...
  94. pmc Vasotocin neurons in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis preferentially process social information and exhibit properties that dichotomize courting and non-courting phenotypes
    James L Goodson
    Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
    Horm Behav 55:197-202. 2009
    ..e., stimuli that should elicit affiliation). Using male zebra finches, a highly gregarious estrildid, we now extend those findings to show that VT-Fos coexpression is induced by a ..
  95. pmc Mammalian-like features of sleep structure in zebra finches
    Philip Steven Low
    Sloan Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology, Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 105:9081-6. 2008
    A suite of complex electroencephalographic patterns of sleep occurs in mammals. In sleeping zebra finches, we observed slow wave sleep (SWS), rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, an intermediate sleep (IS) stage commonly occurring in, but not ..
  96. pmc Cryptic regulation of vasotocin neuronal activity but not anatomy by sex steroids and social stimuli in opportunistic desert finches
    David Kabelik
    Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
    Brain Behav Evol 75:71-84. 2010
    ..First, we show that combined treatment of male and female zebra finches (Estrildidae: Taeniopygia guttata) with the androgen receptor antagonist flutamide and the aromatase inhibitor 1,..
  97. ncbi Genetic variation and differentiation in captive and wild zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
    Wolfgang Forstmeier
    Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Postfach 1564, D 82305 Starnberg Seewiesen, Germany
    Mol Ecol 16:4039-50. 2007
    ..To address this issue, we genotyped 1000 zebra finches from 18 captive and two wild populations at 10 highly variable microsatellite loci...
  98. ncbi The relative role of male vs. female mate choice in maintaining assortative pairing among discrete colour morphs
    S R Pryke
    School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    J Evol Biol 20:1512-21. 2007
    ..In both large captive and wild populations, Gouldian finches paired assortatively with respect to head colour...
  99. ncbi Thalamic gating of auditory responses in telencephalic song control nuclei
    Melissa J Coleman
    Department of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA
    J Neurosci 27:10024-36. 2007
    ..Using in vivo extracellular and intracellular recordings in urethane-anesthetized zebra finches, we characterized the auditory properties of Uva and examined its influence on auditory activity in HVC and in ..
  100. ncbi Increasing stereotypy in adult zebra finch song correlates with a declining rate of adult neurogenesis
    Carolyn L Pytte
    Department of Psychology, Queens College, Flushing, New York 11367, USA
    Dev Neurobiol 67:1699-720. 2007
    ..We propose that age-related changes in the stereotypy of syllable acoustic structure and HVC neuron addition are functionally related...
  101. ncbi Molecular evidence for a founder effect in invasive house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) populations experiencing an emergent disease epidemic
    Dana M Hawley
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA
    Mol Ecol 15:263-75. 2006
    ..House finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) are passerine birds native to western North America, with the large eastern North American ..

Research Grants63

  1. NIH Director's Pioneer Award
    ERICH JARVIS; Fiscal Year: 2009
    ..Repairing the pathway in vocal learners, when damaged, would have profound impact for correcting neurological disorders of speech. ..
  2. Developmental Regulation of Brain and Behavior
    JULI S WADE; Fiscal Year: 2011
    ....
  3. Synaptic Aromatase: a Novel Form of Estrogen Delivery
    Colin J Saldanha; Fiscal Year: 2012
    ..This will greatly inform therapeutic advances in the treatment of diseases that involve the loss of memory and brain degeneration such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and stroke. ..
  4. Social and Motivational Properties of Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide Circuits
    James L Goodson; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..The finch family Estrildidae is an ideal group for testing such diverse hypotheses, given that 1) zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) exhibit an extraordinary diversity of robust, quantifiable behaviors, and 2) several ..
  5. Integrative Neurobiology of Social Processes
    S Marc Breedlove; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..As examples, we study: social learning of song in zebra finches;maternal stimulation of neonates in rats, mice, and voles;dominance hierarchies in spotted hyenas;social ..
  6. Neural Coding and Perception of Learned Vocalizations
    SARAH M WOOLLEY; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..The neural mechanisms of vocal perception that are described in this work may suggest candidate mechanisms for how auditory training alters human brain processing of speech sounds and how speech acquisition shapes speech processing. ..
  7. A Gene Expression Brain Atlas of the Zebra Finch.
    Claudio V Mello; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..singing behavior and vocal learning. ..
  8. BioHDF - Open Binary File Standards for Bioinformatics
    Todd M Smith; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ....
  9. The Role of the Maternal and Developmental Environments in Adult Phenotype
    JENNIFER GRINDSTAFF; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..This research will be conducted with zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
  10. Hormonal and Genetic Regulation of Brain Development
    JULI S WADE; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ....
  11. Mechanisms of vocal learning in the zebra finch
    Teresa A Nick; Fiscal Year: 2011
    ..The University of Minnesota provides the ideal environment in which to pursue these experiments, due to strengths in auditory processing, multi-electrode techniques, and antidromic methods. ..
  12. Radial Glial Development And Differentiation
    Eva S Anton; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ....
  13. Dopaminergic modulation of neural circuits and behavior
    ALLISON JANE DOUPE; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..First, in vivo microdialysis will be used to ask whether DA is released into the AFP of male finches in response to the 'directed'social context...
  14. Neurogenomics of Social Behavior: Songbird Models
    David F Clayton; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..Wild zebra finches are difficult to study in their native habitat (Australia) but the domesticated zebra finch has proven to be an ..
  15. Characterization of microRNAs expressed in the developing songbird brain
    Xiaoching Li; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..We plan to study the regulatory functions of miRNAs in neural development and plasticity in zebra finches, where both the song behavior and the underlying neural circuits have been extensively established...
  16. Demographic Analysis of SES Stability & Well-Being Among Children of Immigrants
    Kelly Stamper Balistreri; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..In addition to having relevance to the health and well-being of children of immigrants, research on immigrant health focuses attention on the effects of the U.S. environment on the health of all children, immigrant or native. ..
  17. Auditory Cortical Processing of Communication Sounds
    KAMAL K SEN; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..This proposal will focus on adult male zebra finches. We will take an integrative approach combining experiments, theoretical analysis and computational modeling...
  18. A Role for Serotonin in the Production and Learning of Song
    William Wood; Fiscal Year: 2012
    ..I study how serotonin changes the way that birds sing, and also how it changes their ability to learn to sing. What I learn about how serotonin affects birdsong will eventually teach us about how serotonin affects humans. ..
  19. Transgenesis in songbirds for the genetic manipulation of neuronal circuits
    Carlos Lois; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..Recently we have succeeded in applying lentiviral-mediated transgenesis to zebra finches (Agate et al., 2009)...
  20. Neural Mechanisms Underlying Complex Sound Recognition
    HELEN MARGUERITE MCLENDON; Fiscal Year: 2011
    ..We propose to identify and map the feature selectivity of CMM neurons in adult zebra finches, using natural songs as stimuli, multiple electrodes, and a new Information theory-based technique, called ..
  21. Cntnap2 in a behavioral model of autism
    Stephanie Ann White; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..In both humans and finches, Cntnap2 is enriched in regions that are functionally specified for learned vocal communication...
  22. Neural mechanisms underlying vocal learning in the songbird
    Bence P Olveczky; Fiscal Year: 2012
    ..Understanding the neural correlates of complex motor learning will allow us to pinpoint how the process may fail, thus addressing the possible causes of various motor disorders and disabilities. ..
  23. Ecological drivers of virulence evolution in an emerging avian pathogen
    DANA MICHELLE HAWLEY; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..abstract_text> ..
  24. Neuromechanics of learned sensorimotor vocal integration
    Daniel Margoliash; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..These studies can generate new insight into vocal motor coding, and inform studies of human speech production. ..
  25. Neurogenomics in a Model for Procedural Learning
    AUSTIN HILLIARD; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..FoxP2 shows overlapping neural expression in the brains of zebra finches and human embryonic striatum...
  26. Discrimination of communication sounds in auditory scenes
    DAVID MICHAEL SCHNEIDER; Fiscal Year: 2012
    ..The zebra finch is a well-studied animal model of vocal communication. Like humans, zebra finches naturally recognize and discriminate among vocalizations in noisy acoustic environments...
  27. Vocal Learning in Parallel Cortico-Thalamic Basal Ganglia Loops
    JENNIFER ACHIRO; Fiscal Year: 2012
    ..As in humans, basal ganglia circuits of songbirds have a critical role in learned vocalizations. In zebra finches, the cortical region LMANcore (see Fig...
  28. Auditory Processing and Memory for Complex Signals
    David S Vicario; Fiscal Year: 2012
    ..Young male zebra finches learn their vocalizations from adult tutors through a process of imitation that resembles human speech ..
  29. Impact of early nutrition on neural mechanisms of signal processing
    KENDRA SEWALL; Fiscal Year: 2012
    ..research distinguishes among these three hypotheses by manipulating early nutrition in an animal model, zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata), and comparing nutritionally deprived and control subjects'(1) motivation to attend to ..
  30. Neurogenomics of Vocal Plasticity
    Margaret S Ferris; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..the level of adult plasticity 3) investigating the genomic basis of variations in vocal plasticity in estrildid finches. Understanding brain plasticity, particularly plasticity involved in development and aging, is essential to our ..
  31. Super-Res Holographic Microscopy to Advance Research on Golgi Apparatus Function
    Brian Storrie; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..3. At Ben Gurion University (BGU), Rosen will continue to develop advanced algorithms and concepts based upon FINCH to improve performance and resolving power. ..
  32. Behavioral and Neural Analysis of vocal Plasticity
    Michael S Brainard; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..abstract_text> ..
  33. The neural basis for birdsong rhythm and sequencing
    Christopher Glaze; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..This research may thus reveal important insights into disorders that affect similar elements of human speech, such as stuttering. ..
  34. Mechanisms Underlying the Development of Auditory Perce*
    MIMI PHAN; Fiscal Year: 2009
    ..Young male zebra finches learn their songs from adult models through a process of imitation that resembles human speech acquisition...
  35. Transgenic Zebra Finches: New Tool for Studying Learning and Brain Repair.
    Fernando Nottebohm; Fiscal Year: 2011
    ..on what we have accomplished thus far toward establishing an efficient procedure for producing transgenic zebra finches. Zebra finches are songbirds that learn their song by imitating that of an adult...
  36. Mechanisms for producing complex sounds
    Franz Goller; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..The "electronic syrinx" will provide an excellent test device for developing a similar system for the human larynx. ..
  37. REGULATION OF AUDITORY FEEDBACK DURING VOCAL LEARNING
    Masakazu Konishi; Fiscal Year: 2004
    ..Preliminary studies show that this type of perturbation induces dramatic changes in the song of adult zebra finches which are thought to be unable to change song in adulthood...
  38. Mechanisms of Learning and Production of Birdsong
    SANTOSH HELEKAR; Fiscal Year: 2004
    Birdsong, a form of vocal communication used by songbirds such as zebra finches, is remarkably analogous to human speech in at least one important respect; its acquisition is dependent on an extended critical period of tumor-dependent ..
  39. Communication implication of learning stratagies.
    SANDRA VEHRENCAMP; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..and memory in songbirds have been limited to three species that are easily kept in the lab: sparrows, zebra finches, and canaries...
  40. Cellular and synaptic rules enabling vocal communication
    Michael A Long; Fiscal Year: 2012
    ..These experiments will allow for a better understanding of the functional principles and topographic organization of HVC. ..
  41. Method for Studying Neural Correlates of Birdsong
    SANTOSH HELEKAR; Fiscal Year: 2006
    ..Continuous song recordings in zebra finches during the entire sensorimotor developmental phase of song learning show rapid acquisition of tutor song patterns...
  42. NEUROBIOLOGY OF SENSORY ACQUISITION
    Patrice Adret; Fiscal Year: 2001
    ..These experiments may give initial insight into the mechanisms that lead to the formation, storage and retrieval of auditory memories in songbirds. ..
  43. Development of a Motionless 3D Fluorescence Microscope
    Gary Brooker; Fiscal Year: 2009
    ..This project is aimed at improving and developing commercial versions of these microscopes for a wide variety of applications. ..
  44. STRUCTURE/FUNCTION OF ALZHEIMERS AMYLOID-B AGGREGATES
    GRANT KRAFFT; Fiscal Year: 2000
    ..Scanning probe microscopy, whole mount electron microscopy and confocal fluorescence microscopy will be used to study the direct contact and interactions of AB aggregates and neuronal surface molecules. ..
  45. Molecular Profiling of Song Nucleus HVC in the Zebra Finch
    CLAUDIO MELLO; Fiscal Year: 2009
    ..Our Specific Aims for this proposal are to: Aim 1: To identify molecular specializations of HVC in zebra finches. Aim 2: To determine the cellular expression patterns of molecular markers of HVC...
  46. HORMONAL REGULATION OF BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR DEVELOPMENT
    Juli Wade; Fiscal Year: 2000
    ..Unlike this more typical pattern of avian sexual differentiation, the neural song control system of zebra finches (which is much larger in males that sing than in females that do not) is thought to follow the mammalian pattern ..
  47. BEHAVIOR & HORMONE MEDIATION OF HIPPOCAMPAL NEUROGENESIS
    Diane Lee; Fiscal Year: 2001
    ..Zebra finches will be trained on a spatial learning task known to depend upon an intact hippocampus...
  48. BEHAVIORAL MECHANISMS OF VOCAL IMITATION
    Ofer Tchernichovski; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..Both humans and zebra finches acquire their vocal repertoire during early life by imitating adult conspecifics...
  49. Synaptic and circuit mechanisms of learned vocal production
    Michael A Long; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..Through these experiments, we will generate fundamental insights into the processes involved in the production of learned motor sequences in order to inform therapeutic approaches for a range of relevant disorders. ..
  50. HORMONAL MODULATION OF AVIAN NEUROANATOMY
    TIMOTHY DEVOOGD; Fiscal Year: 1991
    ..microanatomical techniques with hormonal manipulation and behavioral observation in canaries and zebra finches in order to further study these issues...
  51. NEURAL DEVELOPMENT IN RELATION TO VOCAL BEHAVIOR
    KATHY NORDEEN; Fiscal Year: 1991
    ..In zebra finches, song behavior is androgen-dependent, and normally produced only by males...
  52. NEURAL CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH CRITICAL LEARNING PERIODS
    KATHY NORDEEN; Fiscal Year: 2001
    ..Behavioral pharmacology and Golgi staining will be combined in zebra finches to determine whether NMDA receptor activation prompts the decline in dendritic spines that occurs in one song ..
  53. Cellular and Synaptic Physiology of Auditory Processing
    CLAUDIO MELLO; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..Because birdsong is a learned vocal behavior, these studies will potentially help us understand how humans acquire speech, as well as possible mechanisms involved in certain speech and language disorders. [unreadable] [unreadable]..
  54. DETERMINANTS OF ADULT NEUROGENESIS AND MIGRATION I
    Steven Goldman; Fiscal Year: 2000
    ..4. To determine whether estrogen or its induced agents influence the recruitment of new neurons into the adult brain by modulating the NgCAM-triggered calcium signal, which is temporally-restricted to new bipolar migrants. ..
  55. DETECTOR & GENERATOR FOR CRYSTALLOGRAPHY CORE FACILITY
    Joseph Wedekind; Fiscal Year: 2001
    ..Such work has practical applications to human diseases in terms of diagnosis, prevention, and therapeutic development...
  56. Mass spectrometric imaging of molecular distributions in the brain
    Kensey Amaya; Fiscal Year: 2009
    ..Finally, the potential to detect and image steroids would open new doors in neurobiology and the larger fields of endocrinology and cell signaling. ..
  57. The molecular basis for developmental sensory learning
    Sarah London; Fiscal Year: 2009
    ..Thus, the study of sensory learning of tutor song in songbirds provides important insights into auditory mechanisms underlying human language acquisition. ..
  58. Domain-specific regulation of auditory processing by aromatase in Taeniopygia gut
    Peter Lovell; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..The role of estrogen in an auditory processing task will be investigated by measuring the effects of an aromatase inhibitor on the song-specific induction of auditory-evoked zenk. ..
  59. Neurocalcin Regulation of Dimorphic Brain Development
    SEAN VENEY; Fiscal Year: 2009
    ..Little is known about this protein, thus this proposal will further investigate neurocalcin, providing significant data that may lead to better knowledge of the cause and treatment for these diseases. ..
  60. A telencephalic pattern generator for song
    David Perkel; Fiscal Year: 2005
    ..As a beginning, this proposal considers the role played by the telencephalic nucleus HVc in zebra finches, which produce one song with high stereotypy throughout life...
  61. 4 iron-4sulfur Clusters in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
    Valter Longo; Fiscal Year: 2004
    ..abstract_text> ..
  62. SYMPOSIUM ON ORGANISMS WITH SLOW AGING
    Caleb Finch; Fiscal Year: 2000
    ..abstract_text> ..
  63. Models of Estrogen Interactions with Alzheimer Disease
    Caleb Finch; Fiscal Year: 2006
    ....