Diego Laplange, Ph.D.Leon Levy Presidential Fellow in Neuroscience
Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior
Dr. Laplagne is interested in the vocal communication of rats. Rats produce vocalizations that span in frequency, modulation and duration, but their contribution to behavior remains elusive. Dr. Laplagne and collaborators are applying new strategies to record and analyze large numbers of vocalizations in social settings. In this way they are assessing how vocal production is structured in time and how this relates to other ongoing behaviors from the same or neighboring rats. They also study the unusual mechanism of ultrasound emission and the extent of cognitive control on this vocal behavior. Dr. Laplagne aims to further establish the rat as a useful animal model for the study of neurobiology of vocal and social behavior in other species.