Box 3209 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Email: mooney AT neuro DOT duke DOT edu
George Barth Geller Professor
Neurobiology, School of Medicine
DIBS Faculty, DIBS Investigator, Member, DIBS Executive Board
Our group is broadly interested in the cultural transmission of behavior. Our specific research interest is understanding the neural mechanisms that underlie imitative vocal learning in songbirds. Aspects of this research include (but are not limited to): identifying the neural circuitry that enables the ear to instruct the voice; the neurobiology of vocal communication; the effects of auditory experience and motor performance on brain structure and function. We employ a wide variety of methods, ranging from chronic recording of neural activity in freely behaving songbirds to in vivo multi-photon imaging of neurons in young birds as they learn to sing.
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
B.S., Yale University
Roberts TF, Tschida KA, Klein ME, Mooney R. (2010) Rapid spine stabilization and synaptic enhancement at the onset of behavioural learning. Nature 463(7283):948-952.
Lei H, Mooney R. (2010) Manipulation of a central auditory representation shapes learned vocal output. Neuron 65(1):122-134.
Prather J, Peters S, Nowicki S, Mooney R. (2008) Precise auditory-vocal mirroring in neurons for learned vocal communication. Nature 451:305-310.
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