Daniel Margoliash

Senior Fellow


Investigating the reciprocal relationship between brain and behavior is a powerful approach to understanding neural mechanism. In a neuroethological framework, our work broadly examines vocal behavior in songbirds, and in humans in collaboration with Howard Nusbaum, Psychology, Univ. Chicago. We study vocal and auditory development and learning, including auditory processing and memory formation, the role of auditory feedback, and sensorimotor integration, and have a special emphasis on the role of state dependency especially sleep in auditory memory consolidation. We study the forebrain ‘gestural’ motor representations in relation to biophysical models of peripheral vocal production (in collaboration with Gabriel Mindlin, Physics, Univ. Buenos Aires). And we also take a fundamental approach to neural circuitry using mathematical (Hodgkin Huxley–like) models of neurons and networks of neurons to connect biophysical representations through neuronal networks to behavior (in collaboration with Henry Abarbanel, Physics, UCSD).