Claudio Mello, Ph.D., a professor of behavioral neuroscience

Hummingbird’s call provides new insight about vocal learning

A team led by Claudio Mello, M.D., Ph.D., has made a discovery that may provide insight about the mechanism that enables people to master hearing and speech: A hummingbird with a call well above the...

Sami Friedrich, a crab, and the Oregon Coast

Birds, song, and how we use language

Sami Friedrich starts her days checking for zebra finch eggs and hatchlings. She is a graduate student in the lab of Claudio Mello, M.D., Ph.D., working to understand the molecular genetic and...

Wandering minds and ADHD: Brittany Alperin unpacks the relationship

How the mind wanders in people with ADHD and how mind wandering is related to impairment — this is the focus of Brittany Alperin’s research. Brittany is a Ph.D. candidate mentored by Joel...

Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D.

Bita Moghaddam: The neural representation of reward and punishment

The ability to weigh the risk of punishment relative to the risk of reward is critical to our ability to make decisions. New research by Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D., provides fresh insight into how...