Institutions: McGill University, Biology
Research interests: Social influences on communication; Vocal learning; Neurophysiology; Neurochemistry; Songbird; Reinforcement
Jon Sakata studies the influence of social interactions on learning and behaviour. He uses neurophysiological, immunocytochemical, and molecular tools to reveal how neuronal populations encode social signals and mediate social influences on vocal learning and control in songbirds. His research will provide insight into general principles underlying communication, social behaviour, and cognition as well as potential mechanisms underlying communicative, social, and cognitive disorders such as autism.