Past Event

Sarah Woolley - Singing in the Brain

February 6, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Columbia University School of Journalism (Lecture Hall), 2950 Broadway, New York

Event Description: 

The young brain learning to communicate with hearing and voice builds auditory and vocal motor circuits that are functionally coupled to perceive and produce particular sounds. Sarah Woolley has helped decode how the brain interprets vocalizations — and what happens during development when those sounds are disrupted. Her research could shed important light on developmental disorders associated with speech and communication. In this conversation, Dr. Woolley will discuss progress using songbirds to understand how early social experience tunes the auditory system for vocal communication.

Event Speaker: 

Sarah Woolley, PhD is Professor and former Chair in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. She directs the Communication Neuroscience Laboratory in the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and is a member of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science. She is also a member of the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience Advisory Committee. 

This conversation will be moderated by Amy Norovich, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Bendesky Lab at the Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute.

Event Information:

Event is free and open to the public, however registration is required by January 29, 2020 via Eventbrite. This event will also be live streamed. 

For more information about this event, please contact the Zuckerman Institute at [email protected]

This talk is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture series, offered free to the public to enhance understanding of the biology of the mind and the complexity of human behavior. The lectures are hosted by Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.