Variability and learning in birdsong
Adrienne Fairhall, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Dept of Physiology and Biophysics University of Washington and UW Institute for Neuroengineering
Host: Kelly Zalocusky
The birdsong system has become a paradigmatic example of biological learning. In this talk we will discuss how detailed biological responses can help this system to implement reinforcement learning. In particular, we will discuss the potential role of a newly identified excitatory neural signal in basal ganglia and how it may help to modulate basal ganglia synchrony and the variability required for learning.