Dr. Woolley’s main research interest is to understand how the brain forms neural representations of communication vocalizations, and how these neural representations lead to the perception of socially meaningful information. She uses behavioral, electrophysiological, pharmacological and computational data analysis techniques to investigate how vocal neural coding is shaped by developmental experience, learning, and species identity, and to study how the brain specially encodes the acoustic features that are critical for song recognition.
Woolley, S. M. N., & Casseday, J. H. (2004). Response properties of single neurons in the zebra finch auditory midbrain: response patterns, frequency coding, intensity coding, and spike latencies. Journal of neurophysiology, 91(1), 136–51. doi:10.1152/jn.00633.2003
Woolley, S. M. N., Fremouw, T. E., Hsu, A., & Theunissen, F. E. (2005). Tuning for spectro-temporal modulations as a mechanism for auditory discrimination of natural sounds. Nature neuroscience, 8(10), 1371–9. doi:10.1038/nn1536
Woolley, S. M. N., Gill, P. R., & Theunissen, F. E. (2006). Stimulus-dependent auditory tuning results in synchronous population coding of vocalizations in the songbird midbrain. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 26(9), 2499–512. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3731-05.2006