In this video, Nancy Day and Melissa Coleman discuss how the plain-tailed wren can be used to study the neural coding of behavior that must be coordinated between two individuals.
Nancy Day, PhD
Nancy Day is a postdoctoral researcher in the integrative biology and physiology department at the University of California, Los Angeles. She investigates FoxP2, a gene known to be critical for the proper development of human speech and language, in zebra finch songbirds. As a graduate student in neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, she used in vivo electrophysiological recordings to study circuit maturation in HVC of songbirds, leading to her involvement in the duetting wren collaboration. She earned her BA in biology and psychology at Whitman College, where she will be an assistant professor of psychology starting in fall 2019.