Why is that Mathematician studying how birds learn to sing?

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.

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  • Colton A.

    I really enjoyed it. Hope to go to more presentations and such. Thanks!

    April 2, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    Very Good and informative

    April 1, 2014

  • !Tschuai

    How long is the event, approximately?

    March 31, 2014

  • Kathryn T.

    Just realized this is the same time as the How I Met Your Mother series finale, and as silly as it is I'm not missing that for anything :P Hope y'all have a blast!

    March 21, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer
    It sings because it has a song.

    March 18, 2014

  • Peter R.

    This overlaps with the previously scheduled meetup up about the about the atmospheres of the planets and moons. I wish the leadership of the San Antonio Science Cafe had called me.

    February 15, 2014

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