Werner Reichardt Centrum für Integrative Neurowissenschaften (CIN)

Neurobiology of Social Communication

Understanding the Neurobiology of Vocal Communication

Our research aims to understand the neurobiology underlying vocal communication. We tackle four main challenges within this field: (1) The neural basis for cognitive call production as a putative phylogenetic precursor for speech control in humans, (2) the role of cortical and sub-cortical mechanisms underlying audio-vocal integration processes, which are involved in audio-vocal communication, (3) intrinsic properties of the vocal pattern generating network in the brainstem and (4) the influence of social interaction on early vocal development. We use a combination of behavioral, psychophysical, neuroethological and neurophysiological methodologies to tackle our question.

Selected Publications

  1. Risueno-Segovia C, Hage SR (in press) Theta synchronization of phonatory and articulatory systems in marmoset monkey vocal production. Current Biology

  2. Hage SR (2020) The role of auditory feedback on vocal pattern generation in marmoset monkeys. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 60, 92-98

  3. Pomberger T*, Risueno-Segovia C*, Gultekin YB*, Dohmen D*, Hage SR (2019) Cognitive control of complex motor behavior in the marmoset monkey. Nature Communications 10, 3796 (*shared first authorship)

  4. Brecht KF, Hage SR, Gavrilov N, Nieder A (2019) Volitional control of vocalizations in corvid songbirds. PLoS Biology 17, e3000375

  5. Pomberger T, Hage SR (2019) Semi-chronic laminar recordings in the brainstem of behaving marmoset monkeys. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 311, 186–192.

  6. Pomberger T*, Risueno-Segovia C*, Löschner J, Hage SR (2018) Precise motor control enables adaptive plasticity in vocal behavior of marmoset monkeys. Current Biology 28, 788-794. (*shared first authorship)

  7. Gultekin YB, Hage SR (2018) Limiting parental interaction during vocal development affects acoustic call structure in marmoset monkeys. Science Advances 4, eaar4012.

  8. Luo J, Hage SR*, Moss CF* (2018) The Lombard effect: from acoustics to neural mechanisms. Trends in Neurosciences 41, 938-949. (*shared senior authorship)

  9. Gultekin YB, Hage SR (2017) Limiting parental feedback disrupts vocal development in marmoset monkeys. Nature Communications 8, 14046.

  10. Hage SR, Nieder A (2016) Dual neural network model for the evolution of speech and language. Trends in Neurosciences 39, 813-829.

  11. Hage SR, Nieder A (2013) Single neurons in monkey prefrontal cortex encode volitional initiation of vocalizations. Nature Communications 4, 2409.

  12. Hage SR, Jiang T, Berquist S, Feng J, Metzner W (2013) Ambient noise induces independent shifts in call frequency and amplitude within the Lombard effect in echolocating bats. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110, 4063-4068.

  13. Kobayasi K*, Hage SR*, Berquist S, Feng J & Metzner W (2012) Behavioral and neurobiological implications of linear and non-linear features in larynx phonations of horseshoe bats. Nature Communications 3, 1184. (*shared first authorship)