Modeling the Song Circuit

Our experimental observations inform a theoretical model of song learning and song production. Our model incorporates known anatomy, circuit mechanisms and biophysics, and serves to distill our observations into their essence as well as to generate testable hypotheses. We hope that the iterative process of creating hypotheses, testing them, and using the results to update our model will ultimately lead us to a mechanistic and biophysically plausible description of how a neural circuit (the song system) can learn to produce a desired motor output (song).