Colloquium in Historical Musicology and Music Theory
Friday, April 3, at 3:00pm, 622 Dodge
Julia Hyland Bruno, PhD (Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Center for Science & Society, Columbia University)
"Structure and Plasticity in the Singing of Zebra Finches"
Speaker Bio: Julia Hyland Bruno is an ethologist interested in behavioral development, with a particular focus on social animals, such as songbirds or humans, that learn how to communicate with one another. Julia received her PhD in biopsychology and behavioral neuroscience from the City University of New York, where she studied the rhythmic patterning of zebra finch vocal learning. As a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience in Columbia's Center for Science and Society, Dr. Hyland Bruno explores how patterns of communication among individuals influence social organization. The title of her project there is Learning to Improvise? Using Social Songbirds to Study Vocal Culture in the Lab.