Effects of chronic stress on adult vocal learning and social integration

Project Investigator:  Timothy Wright 

Project Description:  The detrimental effects of chronic stress on learning and cognitive function in developing juveniles are well documented. Surprisingly, less is known about how stress affects the ability to learn as an adult; these effects may be particularly important for immigrants and other adult language learners. Our year-long pilot project will examine the effects of chronic stress on vocal learning abilities and social interactions in the budgerigar, an animal model for adult vocal learning.

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