Stephanie A. White, Ph.D.

Titles

Professor, Integrative Biology and Physiology

Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity

Member, Brain Research Institute

Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology GPB Home Area

Neuroscience GPB Home Area

Contact Information

Email
sawhite@ucla.edu
Phone
Lab Number: (310) 267-4017
Office Phone Number: (310) 794-1888
Address

Work Address:

Laboratory
610 Charles Young Drive, East
Los Angeles, CA 90095
UNITED STATES
Office
610 Charles Young Drive, East
Los Angeles, CA 90095
UNITED STATES

Biography

Social influences on learning and memory How do social interactions influence the brain? Our laboratory is interested in how social behaviors affect neuronal plasticity at sites responsible for learning in an Australian songbird, the zebra finch. We study song learning behavior that is essential for reproductive opportunity and is mediated by known neural circuitry. In zebra finches, both the learned behavior and its underlying neural structures are sexually dimorphic, and plasticity is greatest during critical developmental phases. Within a comparative framework, we use behavioral, electrophysiological, and molecular techniques to investigate how social interactions shape gene expression patterns, how these changes modulate neural circuit properties and ultimately, how this constellation of changes sculpts behavior.

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