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Neuroscience Summer Seminar Series – Marcela Fernandez-Peters

July 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

July 3, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tobin Hall Room 423

Marcela Fernandez-Peters
Visiting Assistant Professor
Healey Lab
Psychological and Brain Sciences


Effects of neural aromatase on auditory scene processing in songbirds

Songbirds like humans are highly social and gregarious species that communicate under often variable and significant levels of background noise. Neurons in the avian secondary auditory cortex (caudomedial nidopallium, NCM) are tolerant to significant levels of background noise. In addition, NCM’s auditory response is known to be modulated by brain estrogens during song exposure. Therefore, I am currently examining whether blocking estrogen production impairs discrimination of song embedded in noiseOngoing research suggests a potential role of neuroestrogens in contextual processing of complex auditory scenes.


July 3, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Tobin 423
135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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