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Daniel Margoliash

Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
The University of Chicago

dan@bigbird.uchicago.edu

Research Interests:

Dr. Margoliash is interested in brain mechanisms of behavior, focusing on plasticity and vocal behavior. He studies song birds and more recently humans, principally examining vocal-motor (sensory-motor) learning and sensory (perceptual) learning. By the very nature of the breadth of these interests, the work examines a broad range of topics, including critical periods, feedback mediated processing, state-dependent leaning mechanisms esp. sleep, neural population coding, and representational plasticity.

The most satisfying aspects are when the work in birds and humans interacts. For example, the studies on sleep mechanisms of birdsong learning prompted a subsequent study that demonstrated that long-term memories acquired during speech perceptual learning are influenced by sleep. More recently, controversies about the use of recursion in syntactic processing in humans and monkeys prompted an experiment which demonstrated such abilities in starlings.

He also pursues more clinically-related studies. For example, one current effort involves developing an animal model for a form of epilepsy that strikes children in their sleep and has major impact on their language development.

Further information on Daniel Margoliash's research.

2013 Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering
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