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The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NB&B) was one of the very first departments to combine the study of animal behavior with its neural basis, based on the belief that the interface between them was one of great research potential. NB&B has brought this idea to fruition with its interactive faculty, postdocs and graduate students all sharing the goal of understanding how the nervous system underlies behavior.  Using sophisticated tools of genetics, optogenetics, imaging, computational neuroscience, and game theory NB&B researchers are exploring the frontiers of neurobiology and behavior.


A variability-generating circuit goes awry in a songbird model of the FOXP2 speech disorder. Gadagkar V, Goldberg JH. Neuron. 2013 Dec 18;80(6):1341-4. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2013.12.001.  

Optical neural interfaces. Warden MR, Cardin JA, Deisseroth K. Annu Rev Biomed Eng. 2014 Jul 11;16:103-29. doi: 10.1146/annurev-bioeng-071813-104733.  

Breeding experience, alternative reproductive strategies and reproductive success in a captive colony of zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata).
Baran NM, Adkins-Regan E. PLoS One. 2014 Feb 27;9(2):e89808. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089808. eCollection 2014.

Manipulation of BK channel expression is sufficient to alter auditory hair cell thresholds in larval zebrafish.
Rohmann KN, Tripp JA, Genova RM, Bass AH.
J Exp Biol. 2014 Jul 15;217(Pt 14):2531-9. doi: 10.1242/jeb.103093. Epub 2014 May 6.  

Conserved role of Drosophila melanogaster FoxP in motor coordination and courtship song. Lawton KJ, Wassmer TL, Deitcher DL. Behav Brain Res. 2014 Jul 15;268:213-21. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2014.04.009. Epub 2014 Apr 18. PMID:    

Sexual dimorphism in body size and the origin of sex-determination systems. Adkins-Regan E, Reeve HK. Am Nat. 2014 Apr;183(4):519-36. doi: 10.1086/675303. Epub 2014 Feb 26. PMID:  

Novel underwater soundscape: acoustic repertoire of plainfin midshipman fish. McIver EL, Marchaterre MA, Rice AN, Bass AH. J Exp Biol. 2014 Jul 1;217(Pt 13):2377-89. doi: 10.1242/jeb.102772. Epub 2014 Apr 15.  

Melatonin action in a midbrain vocal-acoustic network.
Feng NY, Bass AH.
J Exp Biol. 2014 Apr 1;217(Pt 7):1046-57. doi: 10.1242/jeb.096669. Epub 2013 Nov 21.  

Vesicle capture, not delivery, scales up neuropeptide storage in neuroendocrine terminals. Bulgari D, Zhou C, Hewes RS, Deitcher DL, Levitan ES. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Mar 4;111(9):3597-601. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1322170111. Epub 2014 Feb 18.