UA Science Cafe at Magpies Gourmet Pizza – 'What Birdsong Can Teach Us about How We Communicate'
Presenter: Julie Miller, assistant professor in the UA Department of Neuroscience, Department of Speech, Langauge and Hearing Sciences, Department of Neurology and BIO5 Instiute
About this lecture: Birdsong is learned during critical developmental periods, just like human speech. Both auditory feedback and social interactions are important to birdsong development, and the process happens in specialized, vocally dedicated brain circuitry. The same brain circuitry enables human speech and language development. Dopamine, a neuromodulator, plays a key role in this specialized brain circuitry. UA researcher Julie Miller studies how birds learn their songs to better understand how our brains make human vocal communication possible. In this cafe, she'll explore her insights into the brain science connections between birdsong and human speech.
About Science Cafes: Science Cafes, presented by the UA College of Science, bring the community together with UA scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You'll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. We have five separate cafe series at five different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions.