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Ofer Tchernichovski

PhD, Dept. of Zoology, Tel Aviv University


Department of Psychology
Hunter College, Room 621 HN
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (212) 396-6740

Link to The Tchernichovski Lab Webpage


Current Areas of Research

Ofer Tchernichovski uses the songbird to study mechanisms of vocal learning. Like early speech development in the human infant, the songbird learns to imitate complex sounds during a critical period of development. The adult bird cannot imitate any more - we do not know why. His lab studies the animal behavior and dynamics of vocal learning and sound production across different brain levels. The lab aims to uncover the specific physiological and molecular (gene expression) brain processes that underlie song learning.


Selected Publications

Feher, O., Wang, H., Saar, S., Mitra, PP, Tchernichovski, O. (2009) De novo establishment of wild-type song culture in the zebra finch. Nature 459 2009 DOI: 10.1038

Tchernichovski, O., Wallman, Josh (2008). Neurons of imitation. Nature 451 17 pp 249-250 

Voss, H. U., Tabelow, K., Polzehl, J, Tchernichovski, O., Maul, K. K., Salgado-Commissariat, D., Ballon, D.  and Helekar, S. A. (2007) Functional MRI suggests a lateralized topography of responses to song stimulation in the zebra finch brain. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (U.S.A.) 104, 10667-10672.

Deregnaucourt S, Mitra PP, Feher O, Pytte C, Tchernichovski O (2005) How sleep affects the developmental learning of bird song. Nature, Vol. 433, No. 7027. (17 February 2005), pp. 710-716.