Neural and behavioral development; research encompasses the study of developmental critical periods for learning and neural plasticity, developmental sex differences in brain and behavior, and the neural encoding of learned sequences of behavior.
An inter-disciplinary research program examines the interplay of cortical and basal ganglia circuitry during juvenile vocal learning and seeks to delineate the intrinsic network architecture of a brain region that directs the production of learned vocal sequences.
Thompson JA, Basista MJ, Wu W, Bertram R, Johnson F. (2011) Dual pre-motor contribution to songbird syllable variation. The Journal of Neuroscience. 31:322-30.
Wu W, Thompson JA, Bertram R, Johnson F. (2008) A statistical method for quantifying songbird phonology and syntax. The Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 174:147-54.
Thompson JA, Wu W, Bertram R, Johnson F. (2007) Auditory-dependent vocal recovery in adult male zebra finches is facilitated by lesion of a forebrain pathway that includes the basal ganglia. The Journal of Neuroscience. 27:12308-20.
Thompson JA, Johnson F. (2007) HVC microlesions do not destabilize the vocal patterns of adult male zebra finches with prior ablation of LMAN. Developmental Neurobiology 67:205-18.
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