Research by Rhodes Alumnus Shows How Songbirds Learn Complex Skills

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Dr. Michael Long (Class of 1997)

Dr. Michael Long, a Rhodes alumnus and neuroscientist at New York University, for years has been studying how songbirds learn their vocalizations. His more recent research details the precise changes in the brain that happens during that process of a young male zebra finch learning courtship songs from his father. This research is the cover story published in Science and has implications of helping explain how other animals and humans learn complex skills. Read more

Long graduated from Rhodes in 1997 with a B.S. in biology.