Gagan Narula

Visiting Scientist
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I am currently investigating the development of perceptual capabilities for species specific vocalizations in the Zebra Finch. I train young and old birds to discriminate arbitrarily defined classes of a typical zebra finch song syllable, to assess whether the developmental trends discovered in human infants and adults (Werker et al 1984) with regard to non-native language perception also hold in the zebra finch, since it is also a vocal learner.

In a second project, I am studying observational learning in zebra finches, with a focus on trying to elucidate both the computational and the neural substrate for observational learning.

On a lighter note, I write short stories! (have a look :)




  • Homare Yamahachi, Anja T. Zai, Ryosuke O. Tachibana, Anna E. Stepien, Diana I. Rodrigues, Sophie Cavé-Lopez, Gagan Narula, Juneseung Lee, Ziqiang Huang, Heiko Hörster, Daniel Düring, Richard H. R. Hahnloser Welfare of zebra finches used in research, bioRxiv, 2017 pdf
  • Richard H. R. Hahnloser, Gagan Narula A Bayesian Account of Vocal Adaptation to Pitch-Shifted Auditory Feedback, PLOS ONE 1-13, 2017