Timothy Gentner, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
office tel: 858-822-6763
lab tel: 858-822-1869
Lab Website: http://gentnerlab.ucsd.edu
|Neuroethology of vocal communication and audition|
| Our research takes an integrative, systems-level approach to study the neural mechanisms that govern the sensory, perceptual, and cognitive processing of real-world acoustic signals. We want to know how the brain represents behaviorally important, complex, natural stimuli; what spatial and temporal forms these functional representations assume; how they are learned and remembered; how perceptual representations function in higher-level decision processes; and how the outputs of such processes guide natural behaviors. Our primary focus is on the elaborate vocal communication system in songbirds.|
Gentner TQ, Fenn KM, Margoliash D, Nubaum, HC (2006) Recursive syntactic pattern learning by songbirds. Nature,440:1204-7.
Gentner TQ, Hulse SH, Ball GF. (2005) Functional differences in forebrain auditory regions during learned vocal recognition in songbirds. Journal of Comparative Physiology A. 190(12):1001-10
Gentner TQ. (2004) Neural systems for individual song recognition in adult birds. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1016:282-302
Gentner TQ, Margoliash D (2003) Neuronal Populations and single cells representing learned auditory objects. Nature, 424, 669-674.
Gentner TQ, Margoliash D (2002) The neuroethology of vocal communication: perception and cognition. In Simmons A, Popper AN Fay R (Eds.) Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, vol. 16. Springer-Verlag, pp. 324 – 386.
Gentner TQ, Hulse SH. (2000) Perceptual classification based on the component structure of song in European starlings. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 107(6), 3369 - 3381.
Gentner TQ, Hulse SH. (2000) Female European starling preference and choice for variation in conspecific male song. Animal Behaviour, 59, 443 - 458.
Gentner TQ, Hulse SH. (1998) Perceptual mechanisms for individual recognition in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Animal Behaviour, 56, 579 - 594.