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Exploring the Mind of Songbirds: Connecting gene sequence with the evolution of behavior



Perhaps the smartest bird that we know is the flamboyant Big Bird from Sesame Street, who entertained our youths with a wide array of talents. He can roller skate, dance, draw, write poetry and even ride a unicycle. In reality, songbirds display complex cognitive and social behaviors. Therefore, they are excellent biological model for neurological research. Received her PhD in Neurobiology & Behavior from the University of Washington in 1997 and has been at Emory since 2002, Dr. Donna Maney, the principle investigator of the Birdbrain Lab at the Emory Department of Psychology, is currently conducting research to evaluate the effects of hormones on brain structure and function in songbirds.

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