We are interested in studying the links between brain and behaviour using songbirds as a model. Specifically, we look at how perception of conspecific and heterospecific vocalizations affects the brain and behaviour of black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus).
We look at behaviour in the lab using operant discrimination paradigms to measure learning and in the field using observations.
We use immunocytochemical techniques to measure neural changes such as brain region volumes, neuronal activity, and neurogenesis.
Finally, we are also interested in studying how these behavioural and neural aspects of perception are affected throughout the year, depending on the season and the physiological condition of the bird.