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Squeaks and Scents: The Neurobiology of Animal Social Communication
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Timothy E. Holy, Ph.D., 2009 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, Academy of Science – St. Louis; Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine
In attempting to understand animal communication, we are confronted by fundamental questions: What are the signals? What do they convey? How are they produced? How does the brain interpret these signals and use them to guide behavior? Scientists hope that studies of social communication in animals may lead to a better understanding of the natural world and of the brain itself.
Neurobiologist, Dr. Timothy Holy, gives us the inside scoop on the neurobiology of animal social communication, with an emphasis on two examples of communication among mice: chemical signals, often called pheromones, and “courtship songs” sung at frequencies too high to be detected by human ears.
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