Brian Wright
Sloan-Swartz Center
UCSF, 513 Parnassus Ave., HSW 806
San Francisco, CA 94143-0444

My research:
Much of my work focusses on two central questions of neuroscience: to what features of natural stimuli do neurons respond, and how are these features encoded by neural spike trains?
I have been addressing these questions by recording in auditory sensory areas of songbirds in the lab of Allison Doupe and developing novel methods for learning how individual neurons and neuronal populations encode naturalistic stimuli.

Recently, I also have been studying the neural basis of song learning in zebra finches, in particular the role that output from a specialized basal ganglia circuit plays in that process. Current research has involved characterizing the relationship between vocal motor and neural variability in this output and how this variability might be used during song learning.


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