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Luke Remage-Healey
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Member, Center for Neuroendocrine Studies
Member, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
Member, Neuroscience and Behavior Program

525 Tobin Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-7720
Tel. (413) 545-0772
Fax. (413) 545-0996

Research in the Healey lab is focused on the neural basis of natural behavior. We study songbirds as our research model for understanding vocal learning and brain plasticity. Many years of intensive study of songbird behavior and brain function have provided a detailed roadmap of the cortical circuits that are involved in singing, song learning, and audition. Our lab is interested in how neural circuits for vocal communication are modulated by the actions of local neurochemicals. For example, changing levels of brain estrogens can alter the pattern or 'tone' of neural circuit activity, enabling many flexible outputs from the same circuit. We think this modulation allows interconnected forebrain circuits to subserve a wide variety of complex behaviors, like singing, song learning, and song memory.
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