Brown University School of Engineering

Thinking Out Loud - Dissecting molecular mechanisms of vocal learning and spoken language: a personal journey

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Vocal learning, the ability to imitate and pass on vocal repertoires culturally from one generation to the next, is a rare and precious behavior displayed by several groups of birds, such as songbirds and parrots. Come hear Erich trill about the genes, evolution and mechanisms of vocal learning -- and how being an underrepresented minority in the sciences provided a finely tuned ear for discoveries which bear on mammals like us.