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Neural Dynamics of Vocal Plasticity

Title: Neural Dynamics of Vocal Plasticity.
Name(s): Thompson, John Arthur, Ph. D., author
Johnson, Frank, professor directing dissertation
Wu, Wei, outside committee member
Hyson, Richard, committee member
Meredith, Michael, committee member
LaPointe, Leonard L., committee member
Kaschak, Michael, committee member
Bertram, Richard, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In this Dissertation, I detail how two vocal motor pathways (vocal motor pathway and anterior forebrain pathway) contribute to the vocal production in zebra finch adult song. I first describe a model of rapid dissolution and recovery based on partial damage to a primary vocal control region. Second I explore how recovery from destabilization requires auditory feedback and thus reflects a period of vocal plasticity much like vocal development where sensory feedback facilitates a transition from variable to stereotyped motor production. Thirdly, I test two models for the role of the anterior forebrain pathway in recovery from dissolution. I find that the anterior forebrain pathway largely contributes variable patterns of activity during adult vocal production and its ablation facilitates faster recovery. Finally, I explore the nature of the time-variant signal generated by the AFP and show that instead of global modulation across acoustic features, the AFP modulates the variance of specific features of song.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1373 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Psychology in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: October 27, 2008.
Keywords: Vocal Variability, Basal Ganglia, Birdsong, Auditory Feedback, Zebra Finch, Sensory Motor
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Frank Johnson, Professor Directing Dissertation; Wei Wu, Outside Committee Member; Richard Hyson, Committee Member; Michael Meredith, Committee Member; Leonard L. LaPointe, Committee Member; Michael Kaschak, Committee Member; Richard Bertram, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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