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The focus of my research is on the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying animal behavior. A zebra finch male (Taeniopygia guttata) has to learn his song and long call from an adult tutor (often the father) early in development during a sensitive phase. Females do not sing themselves, but do prefer their fathers' song in a choice test and they produce a long call that is not learned. The zebra finch is a great model organism to study a broad range of questions, from social communication to auditory memory and learning of complex motor skills. I approach these questions from different levels, combining molecular techniques, neurophysiological methods and behavioral testing.

  • New paper "A sensorimotor area in the songbird brain is required for production of vocalizations in the song learning period of development" in Developmental Neurobiology! Congrats to Hande and Tenzin for getting published!
  • Sharon received a R15 grant from NIH!
  • New paper in Scientific Reports! Congrats to Pim and Sahitya on their first scientific article "Hemispheric dominance underlying the neural substrate for learned vocalizations develops with experience"

The Gobes lab in the Neuroscience Program of Wellesley CollegeOct. 2015: (top) Rachel '18, Stela '16, Rebecca '17, Leah '18, Kethu '18, Julia '07, (bottom) Alexa '18, Rie '16, Houda '16, Leila '16, Liz '16, Sharon