Timothy Gentner


Professor Gentner's research examines the neural mechanisms that govern the sensory, perceptual, and cognitive processing of natural sounds, especially animal communication signals. Research topics address question of neural coding, representational plasticity during learning and memory, higher-level decision mechanisms, and the regulation of natural behaviors. Researchers in the lab draw as needed on a range of experimental techniques, including electrophysiology, neuroanatomy, immunohistochemistry, animal learning and behavior, and computational neuroscience. Many experiments integrate several techniques to study behaving animals.
  • Kiggins JT, Comins JA, Gentner TQ (2012) Targets for a comparative neurobiology of language. Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience, 4, 1-13.
  • Jeanne JM, Thompson JV, Sharpee TO, Gentner TQ (2011) Emergence of Learned Categorical Representations within an Auditory Forebrain Circuit. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 2595-2606.
  • Thompson JV, Gentner TQ (2010) Song Recognition Learning and Stimulus-Specific Weakening of Neural Responses in the Avian Auditory Forebrain. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103, 1785-1797.
  • Gentner TQ, Fenn KM, Margoliash D, Nubaum HC (2006) Recursive syntactic pattern learning by songbirds. Nature, 440, 1204-1207.
  • Gentner TQ, Margoliash D (2003) Neuronal Populations and single cells representing learned auditory objects. Nature, 424, 669-674.

Updated Dec 2012