Just like humans, young birds learn to sing by imitating the songs of adult birds. Songbirds have a specialized set of brain areas dedicated to this behavior. That's what makes song-learning one of the best animal models for studying the biology that allows sensory, motor and memory systems in the brain to work in concert. In this talk, Dr. Todd Troyer of the UTSA Biology Department presents some specifics about songbird neurobiology, but also discusses how answering big questions in science often leads in unexpected directions.
This is a free San Antonio Public Library event that Science Cafe members may attend.