Columbia University in the City of New York

BrainSTEM: Nature vs. Nurture


High School


Essential Question

In what ways do genes and environment affect song learning in finches?



Computer with internet access
Virtual experiment website


Source Material

The Stavros Niarchos Brain Insight Lecture, "Singing in the Brain"

By Sarah M. N. Woolley, PhD, Principal Investigator at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute; Professor and former Chair in the Department of Psychology  



Created by

Erik Shold
Brittany Klimowicz

Edited by

Diana Li, PhD

With input from
Andrew Anderson
Francesca DiPietro 
Stephen Gallagher
Nicole Holmes
Vincent Joralemon
Vanessa Keen
Laura Klancer
Bonnie Lestz
Heather Lochridge
Preeti Natarajan
Suzette Nelson
Deborah Reich
Bradley Scalise
Tamanna Shahid
Theresa Stanley
Meng-Ping Tu
Zora Tucker
Joshua Wickline


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