We are a new neuroscience lab at Columbia's Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Our goal is to combine the advantages of the songbird courtship system with state-of-the-art computational, theoretical, and experimental approaches to discover how brains evaluate behaviors, both self-generated and the behaviors of others. By discovering fundamental principles of brain function, we aim to provide insight into neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease and autism.
What is the role of reinforcement during early critical periods of sensorimotor learning?
How does the brain switch between a state optimized for variability and learning to a state optimized for stereotypy and performance?