Timothy Gentner

Title(s)Professor, Psychology
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    CRCNS: Avian Model for Neural Activity Driven Speech Prostheses
    NIH R01DC018446Aug 1, 2019 - Jul 31, 2024
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Temporal Pattern Perception Mechanisms for Acoustic Communication
    NIH R01DC018055Jun 1, 2019 - May 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Neural mechanisms of auditory temporal pattern perception
    NIH R56DC016408Aug 1, 2017 - Jul 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Neurosciences Graduate Training Program
    NIH T32NS061847Jul 1, 2008 - Jun 30, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Auditory Mechanisms for Complex Acoustic Communication
    NIH R01DC008358Mar 1, 2007 - Feb 28, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH F32DC000389Mar 15, 1999
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Auditory Feature-based Perceptual Distance. bioRxiv. 2024 Mar 03. Chen S, Thielk M, Gentner TQ. PMID: 38464215; PMCID: PMC10925319.
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    2. Acoustic and language-specific sources for phonemic abstraction from speech. Nat Commun. 2024 Jan 23; 15(1):677. Mai A, Riès S, Ben-Haim S, Shih JJ, Gentner TQ. PMID: 38263364; PMCID: PMC10805762.
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    3. The effects of range and echo-phase on range resolution in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) performing a successive comparison taska). J Acoust Soc Am. 2024 01 01; 155(1):274-283. Christman KA, Finneran JJ, Mulsow J, Houser DS, Gentner TQ. PMID: 38215217.
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    4. Syntactic modulation of rhythm in Australian pied butcherbird song. R Soc Open Sci. 2022 Sep; 9(9):220704. Xing J, Sainburg T, Taylor H, Gentner TQ. PMID: 36177196; PMCID: PMC9515642.
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    5. Long-range sequential dependencies precede complex syntactic production in language acquisition. Proc Biol Sci. 2022 03 09; 289(1970):20212657. Sainburg T, Mai A, Gentner TQ. PMID: 35259983; PMCID: PMC8905171.
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    6. Toward a Computational Neuroethology of Vocal Communication: From Bioacoustics to Neurophysiology, Emerging Tools and Future Directions. Front Behav Neurosci. 2021; 15:811737. Sainburg T, Gentner TQ. PMID: 34987365; PMCID: PMC8721140.
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    7. Parametric UMAP Embeddings for Representation and Semisupervised Learning. Neural Comput. 2021 Oct 12; 33(11):2881-2907. Sainburg T, McInnes L, Gentner TQ. PMID: 34474477; PMCID: PMC8516496.
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    8. Local field potentials in a pre-motor region predict learned vocal sequences. PLoS Comput Biol. 2021 09; 17(9):e1008100. Brown DE, Chavez JI, Nguyen DH, Kadwory A, Voytek B, Arneodo EM, Gentner TQ, Gilja V. PMID: 34555020; PMCID: PMC8460039.
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    9. Neurally driven synthesis of learned, complex vocalizations. Curr Biol. 2021 08 09; 31(15):3419-3425.e5. Arneodo EM, Chen S, Brown DE, Gilja V, Gentner TQ. PMID: 34139192; PMCID: PMC8375361.
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    10. Spike Train Coactivity Encodes Learned Natural Stimulus Invariances in Songbird Auditory Cortex. J Neurosci. 2021 01 06; 41(1):73-88. Theilman B, Perks K, Gentner TQ. PMID: 33177068; PMCID: PMC7786213.
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    11. Finding, visualizing, and quantifying latent structure across diverse animal vocal repertoires. PLoS Comput Biol. 2020 10; 16(10):e1008228. Sainburg T, Thielk M, Gentner TQ. PMID: 33057332; PMCID: PMC7591061.
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    12. Epi-Intra neural probes with glassy carbon microelectrodes help elucidate neural coding and stimulus encoding in 3D volume of tissue. J Neural Eng. 2020 07 13; 17(4):046005. Vahidi NW, Rudraraju S, Castagnola E, Cea C, Nimbalkar S, Hanna R, Arvizu R, Dayeh SA, Gentner TQ, Kassegne S. PMID: 32521531.
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    13. Stimulus Driven Single Unit Activity From Micro-Electrocorticography. Front Neurosci. 2020; 14:55. Hermiz J, Hossain L, Arneodo EM, Ganji M, Rogers N, Vahidi N, Halgren E, Gentner TQ, Dayeh SA, Gilja V. PMID: 32180695; PMCID: PMC7059620.
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    14. Five Ways in Which Computational Modeling Can Help Advance Cognitive Science: Lessons From Artificial Grammar Learning. Top Cogn Sci. 2020 07; 12(3):925-941. Zuidema W, French RM, Alhama RG, Ellis K, O'Donnell TJ, Sainburg T, Gentner TQ. PMID: 31663267; PMCID: PMC7496886.
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    15. Parallels in the sequential organization of birdsong and human speech. Nat Commun. 2019 08 12; 10(1):3636. Sainburg T, Theilman B, Thielk M, Gentner TQ. PMID: 31406118; PMCID: PMC6690877.
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    16. Selective Formation of Porous Pt Nanorods for Highly Electrochemically Efficient Neural Electrode Interfaces. Nano Lett. 2019 09 11; 19(9):6244-6254. Ganji M, Paulk AC, Yang JC, Vahidi NW, Lee SH, Liu R, Hossain L, Arneodo EM, Thunemann M, Shigyo M, Tanaka A, Ryu SB, Lee SW, Tchoe Y, Marsala M, Devor A, Cleary DR, Martin JR, Oh H, Gilja V, Gentner TQ, Fried SI, Halgren E, Cash SS, Dayeh SA. PMID: 31369283; PMCID: PMC7174248.
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    17. Stimulus bandwidth impact on auditory evoked potential thresholds and estimated upper-frequency limits of hearing in dolphins. J Acoust Soc Am. 2018 12; 144(6):3575. Coffinger S, Houser D, Finneran JJ, Mulsow J, Gentner TQ, Burkard R. PMID: 30599667.
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    18. In Vivo Dopamine Detection and Single Unit Recordings Using Intracortical Glassy Carbon Microelectrode Arrays. MRS Adv. 2018; 3(29):1629-1634. Castagnola E, Vahidi NW, Nimbalkar S, Rudraraju S, Thielk M, Zucchini E, Cea C, Carli S, Gentner TQ, Ricci D, Fadiga L, Kassegne S. PMID: 29881642; PMCID: PMC5987773.
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    19. Songbirds use spectral shape, not pitch, for sound pattern recognition. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Feb 09; 113(6):1666-71. Bregman MR, Patel AD, Gentner TQ. PMID: 26811447; PMCID: PMC4760803.
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    20. Central auditory neurons have composite receptive fields. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Feb 02; 113(5):1441-6. Kozlov AS, Gentner TQ. PMID: 26787894; PMCID: PMC4747712.
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    21. Pattern-Induced Covert Category Learning in Songbirds. Curr Biol. 2015 Jul 20; 25(14):1873-7. Comins JA, Gentner TQ. PMID: 26119748; PMCID: PMC4626452.
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    22. Subthreshold membrane responses underlying sparse spiking to natural vocal signals in auditory cortex. Eur J Neurosci. 2015 Mar; 41(5):725-33. Perks KE, Gentner TQ. PMID: 25728189; PMCID: PMC4347871.
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    23. Temporal pattern processing in songbirds. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2014 Oct; 28:179-87. Comins JA, Gentner TQ. PMID: 25201176.
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    24. Auditory temporal pattern learning by songbirds using maximal stimulus diversity and minimal repetition. Anim Cogn. 2014 Sep; 17(5):1023-30. Comins JA, Gentner TQ. PMID: 24526277.
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    25. Central auditory neurons display flexible feature recombination functions. J Neurophysiol. 2014 Mar; 111(6):1183-9. Kozlov AS, Gentner TQ. PMID: 24353301; PMCID: PMC3949310.
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    26. Editorial introduction to Hearing Research special issue on communication sounds and the brain: new directions and perspectives. Hear Res. 2013 Nov; 305:1-2. Petkov CI, Gentner TQ, Liu RC. PMID: 24076210.
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    27. Estradiol differentially affects auditory recognition and learning according to photoperiodic state in the adult male songbird, European starling (Sturnus vulgaris). PeerJ. 2013; 1:e150. Calisi RM, Knudsen DP, Krause JS, Wingfield JC, Gentner TQ. PMID: 24058881; PMCID: PMC3775630.
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    28. Attention to natural auditory signals. Hear Res. 2013 Nov; 305:10-8. Caporello Bluvas E, Gentner TQ. PMID: 23981812.
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    29. Perceptual categories enable pattern generalization in songbirds. Cognition. 2013 Aug; 128(2):113-8. Comins JA, Gentner TQ. PMID: 23669049; PMCID: PMC3684258.
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    30. Associative learning enhances population coding by inverting interneuronal correlation patterns. Neuron. 2013 Apr 24; 78(2):352-63. Jeanne JM, Sharpee TO, Gentner TQ. PMID: 23622067; PMCID: PMC3641681.
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    31. Active recognition enhances the representation of behaviorally relevant information in single auditory forebrain neurons. J Neurophysiol. 2013 Apr; 109(7):1690-703. Knudsen DP, Gentner TQ. PMID: 23303858; PMCID: PMC3628005.
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    32. Local inhibition modulates learning-dependent song encoding in the songbird auditory cortex. J Neurophysiol. 2013 Feb; 109(3):721-33. Thompson JV, Jeanne JM, Gentner TQ. PMID: 23155175; PMCID: PMC3567384.
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    33. Targets for a comparative neurobiology of language. Front Evol Neurosci. 2012; 4:6. Kiggins JT, Comins JA, Gentner TQ. PMID: 22509163; PMCID: PMC3321487.
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    34. Stimulus-dependent flexibility in non-human auditory pitch processing. Cognition. 2012 Jan; 122(1):51-60. Bregman MR, Patel AD, Gentner TQ. PMID: 21911217; PMCID: PMC3215778.
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    35. What birds have to say about language. Nat Neurosci. 2011 Jul 26; 14(8):947-8. Bloomfield TC, Gentner TQ, Margoliash D. PMID: 21792190; PMCID: PMC3718307.
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    36. Emergence of learned categorical representations within an auditory forebrain circuit. J Neurosci. 2011 Feb 16; 31(7):2595-606. Jeanne JM, Thompson JV, Sharpee TO, Gentner TQ. PMID: 21325527; PMCID: PMC3060658.
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    37. Distributed recognition of natural songs by European starlings. Learn Motiv. 2010 Nov 01; 41(4):287-306. Knudsen D, Thompson JV, Gentner TQ. PMID: 20976018; PMCID: PMC2957653.
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    38. Working memory for patterned sequences of auditory objects in a songbird. Cognition. 2010 Oct; 117(1):38-53. Comins JA, Gentner TQ. PMID: 20638052; PMCID: PMC2934891.
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    39. Mechanisms of song perception in oscine birds. Brain Lang. 2010 Oct; 115(1):59-68. Knudsen DP, Gentner TQ. PMID: 20471673; PMCID: PMC2932808.
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    40. Simple stimuli, simple strategies. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Apr 20; 107(16):E65; author reply E66-7. Gentner TQ, Fenn K, Margoliash D, Nusbaum H. PMID: 20388905; PMCID: PMC2867723.
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    41. Song recognition learning and stimulus-specific weakening of neural responses in the avian auditory forebrain. J Neurophysiol. 2010 Apr; 103(4):1785-97. Thompson JV, Gentner TQ. PMID: 20107117; PMCID: PMC2853264.
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    42. Brain stem feedback in a computational model of birdsong sequencing. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Sep; 102(3):1763-78. Gibb L, Gentner TQ, Abarbanel HD. PMID: 19553477; PMCID: PMC2746794.
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    43. Inhibition and recurrent excitation in a computational model of sparse bursting in song nucleus HVC. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Sep; 102(3):1748-62. Gibb L, Gentner TQ, Abarbanel HD. PMID: 19515949; PMCID: PMC2746786.
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    44. Temporal scales of auditory objects underlying birdsong vocal recognition. J Acoust Soc Am. 2008 Aug; 124(2):1350-9. Gentner TQ. PMID: 18681620; PMCID: PMC2638212.
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    45. Surprising twist on auditory representation. Focus on: "what's that sound? Auditory area CLM encodes stimulus surprise, not intensity or intensity changes". J Neurophysiol. 2008 Jun; 99(6):2755-6. Gentner TQ. PMID: 18544667; PMCID: PMC3023799.
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    46. Recursive syntactic pattern learning by songbirds. Nature. 2006 Apr 27; 440(7088):1204-7. Gentner TQ, Fenn KM, Margoliash D, Nusbaum HC. PMID: 16641998; PMCID: PMC2653278.
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    47. The effect of auditory distractors on song discrimination in male canaries (Serinus canaria). Behav Processes. 2005 Jun 30; 69(3):331-41. Appeltants D, Gentner TQ, Hulse SH, Balthazart J, Ball GF. PMID: 15896531.
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    48. Complementary neural systems for the experience-dependent integration of mate-choice cues in European starlings. J Neurobiol. 2005 Jan; 62(1):72-81. Sockman KW, Gentner TQ, Ball GF. PMID: 15389683.
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    49. Functional differences in forebrain auditory regions during learned vocal recognition in songbirds. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2004 Dec; 190(12):1001-10. Gentner TQ, Hulse SH, Ball GF. PMID: 15449092.
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    50. Neural systems for individual song recognition in adult birds. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004 Jun; 1016:282-302. Gentner TQ. PMID: 15313781.
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    51. Neuronal populations and single cells representing learned auditory objects. Nature. 2003 Aug 07; 424(6949):669-74. Gentner TQ, Margoliash D. PMID: 12904792; PMCID: PMC2631575.
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    52. Recent experience modulates forebrain gene-expression in response to mate-choice cues in European starlings. Proc Biol Sci. 2002 Dec 07; 269(1508):2479-85. Sockman KW, Gentner TQ, Ball GF. PMID: 12495492; PMCID: PMC1691185.
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    53. Response biases in auditory forebrain regions of female songbirds following exposure to sexually relevant variation in male song. J Neurobiol. 2001 Jan; 46(1):48-58. Gentner TQ, Hulse SH, Duffy D, Ball GF. PMID: 11108615.
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    54. Perceptual classification based on the component structure of song in European starlings. J Acoust Soc Am. 2000 Jun; 107(6):3369-81. Gentner TQ, Hulse SH. PMID: 10875382.
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    55. Individual vocal recognition and the effect of partial lesions to HVc on discrimination, learning, and categorization of conspecific song in adult songbirds. J Neurobiol. 2000 Jan; 42(1):117-33. Gentner TQ, Hulse SH, Bentley GE, Ball GF. PMID: 10623906.
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    56. They're playing our song: gene expression and birdsong perception. Neuron. 1998 Aug; 21(2):271-4. Ball GF, Gentner TQ. PMID: 9728907.
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    57. Auditory scene analysis by European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris): perceptual segregation of tone sequences. J Acoust Soc Am. 1998 Jun; 103(6):3581-7. MacDougall-Shackleton SA, Hulse SH, Gentner TQ, White W. PMID: 9637040.
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    58. Effects of social interaction on the development of starling song and the perception of these effects by conspecifics. J Comp Psychol. 1997 Dec; 111(4):379-92. Chaiken M, Gentner TQ, Hulse SH. PMID: 9419883.
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