Whether through the spoken voice of a human or the stridulating song of the cricket, acoustic communication is an effective means of conveying information to others and is often critical for survival and reproduction. In humans, dysfunction of vocal interactions following injury or disease can be devastating for the health of an individual and society at large. Because different species may feature disparate communication strategies for the production and perception of acoustic social signals, a comparative approach to the study of the neural mechanisms underlying acoustic communication can lend insight into general mechanisms of neural function, lead to the development of novel analytical and experimental techniques, and even pave the way to novel treatments of dysfunction in human communication systems. The Gordon Research Conference on the Neural Mechanisms of Acoustic Communication (NMAC GRC) is a new GRC created to bring together a highly interdisciplinary group of researchers to better understand how the brain encodes and produces acoustic signals. At the NMAC GRC, researchers studying a variety of model systems, from a range of scientific perspectives, will discuss topics relevant to all species, thereby breaking down the boundaries that exist across these communities.
The program for the 2022 NMAC GRC will represent cutting-edge basic and clinical research in the field. Speakers and sessions will cover a range of topics, including vocal development and learning, vocal interactions, auditory specializations, genomics, predictive coding, and cortical mechanisms of vocal production.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 31, 2021. Please check back for updates.
- Quantitative Approaches to Behavioral Analysis
- Vocal Development
- Models of Vocal Learning and Production
- Auditory Specializations for Communication
- Vocal Interactions
- Genetics of Communication
- Predictive Coding in Vocal-Motor Networks
- Comparative Anatomy and Function of Communication Circuits
- Cortical Mechanisms of Vocal Production