We study social communication and the coordinated neural systems underlying the perception and production of communication signals. Like us, songbirds communicate using hearing and voice, and they learn to sing during development by copying the songs of adults they interact with socially. Our research focuses on understanding how songbird neural circuits have evolved for auditory-vocal communication and are shaped by experience during the critical period for song learning.
Rivera, M., Edwards, J.A., Hauber, M.E., Woolley, SMN. Machine learning and statistical classification of birdsong link vocal acoustic features with phylogeny. Scientific Reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-33825-5
Calabrese A, Woolley SMN. Coding principles of the canonical cortical microcircuit in the avian brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID 25691736 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1408545112
Woolley, SMN. Early Experience and Auditory Development in Songbirds. In: Springer Handbook on Auditory Research: Auditory Development and Plasticity, Vol. 63. Eds. Cramer, K., Coffin, A., Fay, R.R., Popper, A.