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Dr. Erich D. Jarvis - Rockefeller University - Insights From Nonhuman Animals Into the Neurobiology of Human Language

Erich D. Jarvis - Professor, Rockefeller University, Investigator, Howard Hughes medical institute
When Feb 08, 2018
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where CUNY ASRC Auditorium
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Understanding language can be considered a final frontier toward understanding brain mechanisms of complex behaviors. Language was once considered unique to humans. However, the past several decades have seen a surge in nonhuman animal studies that inform us about language. This lecture will present a modern synthesis of these studies, from molecular, circuit, and behavior levels. A key new concept is that components of language, such as vocal learning, are continuous among species and therefore can provide insight into the mechanisms and evolution of language.