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Ph.D. opportunity: cross-species studies of auditory processing

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Subject: Ph.D. opportunity: cross-species studies of auditory processing
From: Mimi Kao <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:01:46 +0000
Dear colleagues,

Professor Anirrudh Patel and I are seeking a Ph.D. student to bridge
our labs and investigate behavioral and neural aspects of rhythmic and
melodic processing in birds and humans.  The Ph.D. position is in the
Psychology Department at Tufts University (application deadline Dec
15th), and the work would be conducted in a dynamic research
environment with opportunities to
interact with researchers in cognitive science, neurobiology, and
engineering/computer science.

The candidate should have strong quantitative skills, an interest in
auditory or auditory-motor processing, and prior research experience
with animal cognitive or neurobiological research.  Prospective
candidates are strongly encouraged to send a CV, short bio, and
contact information for three references to Profs. Patel
 and Kao  prior to applying.

Some relevant papers:
Bregman, M.R., Patel, A.D., & Gentner, T.Q. (2016).  Songbirds use
spectral shape, not pitch, for sound pattern recognition.PNAS, 113:

Patel, A.D., Iversen, J.R. Bregman, M.R. & Schulz, I. (2009).
Experimental evidence for synchronization to a musical beat in a
nonhuman animal. Current Biology, 19: 827=96830.

Kojima, S., Kao, M.H., & Doupe, A. J. (2014). Task-related
=93cortical=94 bursting depends critically on basal ganglia input and 
is linked to vocal plasticity. PNAS, 110: 4756-4761.

Kao, M.H.,  Doupe, A. J., & Brainard, M.S.  (2005). Contributions of
an avian basal ganglia-forebrain circuit to real-time modulation of
song. Nature, 433: 638-43.

Application information:

Please feel free to share this ad to anyone you think might be
interested in the position.

Best wishes,

Mimi Kao
Asst. Professor
Department of Biology
Tufts University

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