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What bird brains can teach us about learning, perception and variability


Woolley, SC. (2019). Dopaminergic regulation of vocal-motor plasticity and performance. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 54:127-133.

Barr HJ and Woolley, SC.  (2018). Developmental auditory exposure shapes responses of catecholaminergic neurons to socially-modulated song.  Scientific Reports 8:11717

Van Ruijssevelt L, Chen Y, von Eugen K, Hamaide J, De Groof G, Verhoye M, Güntürkün O, Woolley SC*, and Van der Linden A*. (2018). fMRI reveals a novel region for evaluating acoustic information for mate choice in a female songbird.  Current Biology 28:711-721. *co-corresponding and co-last author

Chen Y, Clark O, Woolley SC.  (2017). Courtship song preferences in female zebra finches are shaped by developmental auditory experience.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20170054.

Zengin-Toktas Y and Woolley SC.  (2017). Singing modulates parvalbumin interneurons throughout songbird forebrain vocal control circuitry. PLoS One,

Woolley SC. (2016). Social context differentially modulates activity of two interneuron populations in an avian basal ganglia nucleus.  Journal of Neurophysiology. 116(6):2831-2840.

Schubloom HE and Woolley SC. (2016).  Variation in social relationships relates to song preferences and EGR1 expression in a female songbird. Developmental Neurobiology. 76:1029-40.

Woolley SC and Kao MH. (2014). Variability in action: Contributions of a songbird cortical-basal ganglia circuit to vocal motor learning and control. Neuroscience. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2014.10.010. Epub ahead of print. Woolley_and_Kao2014

Woolley SC, Rajan R, Joshua M, Doupe AJ. (2014). Emergence of context dependent variability across a basal ganglia network.  Neuron, 82: 208-223. woolley_etal2014

Woolley SC and Doupe AJ. (2008) Social context-induced song variation affects female behavior and gene expression. PLoS Biology, 18:e62  [link]

Woolley SC, O’Malley B, Lydon J, Crews D. (2006). Genotype differences in behavior and tyrosine hydroxylase expression between wild-type and progesterone receptor knockout mice. Behav Brain Res. 167(2):197-204.

Woolley SC, Sakata JT, Crews D. (2005). Tracing the evolution of brain and behavior using two related species of whiptail lizards: Cnemidophorus uniparens and Cnemidophorus inornatus.  ILAR J. 45(1):46-53. Review.

Woolley SC and Crews D. (2004). Species differences in the regulation of tyrosine hydroxylase in Cnemidophorus whiptail lizards. J Neurobiol. 60(3):360-8.

Woolley SC, Sakata JT, Crews D. (2004). Evolutionary insights into the regulation of courtship behavior in male amphibians and reptiles. Physiol Behav. 83(2):347-60. Review.

Woolley SC, Sakata JT, Crews D. (2004). Tyrosine hydroxylase expression is affected by sexual vigor and social environment in male Cnemidophorus inornatus. J Comp Neurol. 476(4):429-39.

Sakata JT, Woolley SC, Gupta A, Crews D. (2003). Differential effects of testosterone and progesterone on the activation and retention of courtship behavior in sexual and parthenogenetic whiptail lizards. Horm Behav. 43(5):523-30.

Rhen T, Sakata JT, Woolley SC, Porter R, Crews D. (2003). Changes in androgen receptor mRNA expression in the forebrain and oviduct during the reproductive cycle of female leopard geckos, Eublepharis macularius. Gen Comp Endocrinol. 132(1):133-41.

Woolley SC, Sakata JT, Gupta A, Crews D. (2001). Evolutionary changes in dopaminergic modulation of courtship behavior in Cnemidophorus whiptail lizards. Horm Behav. 40(4):483-9.

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