Publications (research papers only)

O Tchernichovski, S Eisenberg-Edidin, E Jarvis (2021) Balanced imitation sustains song culture in zebra finches. Nature Communications (In Press)

P Harrison, R Marjieh, F Adolfi, P van Rijn, M Anglada-Tort, O Tchernichovski N Jacobi (2021) Gibbs Sampling with People. NIPS 2021

J Hyland Bruno, ED Jarvis, M Liberman, O Tchernichovski (2020) Birdsong Learning and Culture: Analogies with Human Spoken Language. Annual Review of Linguistics 7  & PDF here

TC Roeske, O Tchernichovski, D Poeppel, N Jacoby (2020) Categorical Rhythms Are Shared between Songbirds and Humans. Current Biology

Ofer Tchernichovski,Lucas C. Parra,Daniel Fimiarz, Arnon Lotem,Dalton Conley (2019). Crowd wisdom enhanced by costly signaling in a virtual rating system. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Mar 2019, 201817392; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1817392116

O Tchernichovski, D Conley. (2019) A genetically tailored education for birds. Nature 575 (7782), 290-291

Zhimin Shi, Zoe Piccus, Xiaofang Zhang, Huidi Yang, Hannah Jarrell, Yan Ding, Zhaoqian Teng, Ofer Tchernichovski, XiaoChing Li (2018) miR-9 regulates basal ganglia-dependent developmental vocal learning and adult vocal performance in songbirds. eLife

JH Bruno, O Tchernichovski (2017) Regularities in zebra finch song beyond the repeated motif. Behavioural Processes

D Lipkind, AT Zai, A Hanuschkin, GF Marcus, O Tchernichovski, R Hahnloser (2017). Songbirds work around computational complexity by learning song vocabulary independently of sequence. Nature Communications 8 (1), 1247

K Tokarev, JH Bruno, I Ljubičić, PJ Kothari, SA Helekar, O Tchernichovski H. Voss (2017) Sexual dimorphism in striatal dopaminergic responses promotes monogamy in social songbirds eLife 6, e25819

O Tchernichovski, M King, P Brinkmann, X Halkias, D Fimiarz, L Mars D. Conley (2017) Tradeoff Between Distributed Social Learning and Herding Effect in Online Rating Systems: Evidence From a Real-World Intervention. SAGE Open 7 (1), 2158244017691078

O Tchernichovski, O Feher, D Fimiarz, D Conley (2017) How social learning adds up to a culture: from birdsong to human public opinion. Journal of Experimental Biology 220 (1), 124-132

Fehér, I Ljubičić, K Suzuki, K Okanoya, O Tchernichovski (2017) Statistical learning in songbirds: from self-tutoring to song culture Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 372 (1711), 20160053

O. Tchernichovski D. Lipkind (2016) Encoding Vocal Culture. Science 354, 6317.

E Janney, H Taylor, C Scharff, D Rothenberg, LC Parra, O Tchernichovski (2016) Temporal regularity increases with repertoire complexity in the Australian pied butcherbird's song. Royal Society Open Science 3 (9), 160357

Tchernichovski O Oller DK (2016) Vocal Development: How Marmoset Infants Express Their Feelings. Current Biology 26 (10), R422-R424

Ljubicic I, Hyland-Bruno J, Tchernichovski O (2016) Social influences on song learning. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 7, 101-107

Benichov J, Globerson E Tchernichovski O (2016) Finding the beat: From socially coordinated vocalizations in songbirds to rhythmic entrainment in humans. Frontiers in Human NeuroScience

Benichov J,Benezra, SE, Vallentin, D, Globerson E, Long MA Tchernichovski, O (2016) The Forebrain Song System Mediates Predictive Call Timing in Female and Male Zebra Finches. Current Biology. 26(3). 309-318. DOI:

Sasahara K, Tchernichovski O, Takahasi M, Suzuki K Okanoya K (2015) A rhythm landscape approach to the developmental dynamics of birdsong. Journal of The Royal Society Interface. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2015.0802

Margoliash, D. Tchernichovski O (2015) Marmoset kids actually listen. Science 349.6249: 688-689.

Tchernichovski O Marcus G (2014) Vocal learning beyond imitation: mechanisms of adaptive vocal development in songbirds and human infants. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, pp. 42-47 DOI: 10.1016/j.conb.2014.06.002

Rothenberg D, Roeske TC, Voss H, Naguib M Tchernichovski O (2014) Investigation of musicality in birdsong. Hearing Research

Lipkind D, Marcus GF, Bemis DK, Sasahara K, Jacoby N, Takahasi M, Suzuki K, Feher O, Ravbar P, Okanoya K Tchernichovski O. (2013) Stepwise acquisition of vocal combinatorial capacity in songbirds and human infants. Nature. doi: 10.1038/nature12173

Lipkind D, Marcus GF, Bemis DK Tchernichovski O Shared protocol for babbling analysis. Nature Share

Ravbar, P., Lipkind, D., Parra, L. C., Tchernichovski, O. (2012). Vocal Exploration Is Locally Regulated during Song Learning. Journal of Neuroscience 7 March 2012, 32 (10: 3422-3432

Lipkind, D., Tchernichovski, O (2011) Quantification of developmental birdsong learning from the subsyllabic scale to cultural evolution. PNAS. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1012941108

Kristen K. Maul, Henning U. Voss, Lucas C. Parra, Delanthi Salgado-Commissariat, Douglas Ballon, Ofer Tchernichovski, Santosh A. Helekar (2010) The development of stimulus-specific auditory responses requires song exposure in male but not female zebra finches. Developmental Neurobiology Vol 70-1 pp 28-40

Feher, O., Wang, H., Saar, S., Mitra, PP, Tchernichovski, O. (2009) De novo establishment of wild-type song culture in the zebra finch. Nature 459 2009 DOI: 10.1038

Saar,S., Mitra, PP (2008) A Technique for Characterizing the Development of Rhythms in Bird Song. PLoS ONE 3(1)

Tchernichovski, O., Wallman, J (2008) Neurons of imitation. Nature 451, 17, pp 245-246

Voss HU, Tabelow K, Polzehl J, Tchernichovski O, Maul KK, Salgado-Commissariat D, Ballon D, Helekar SA Functional MRI of the zebra finch brain during song stimulation suggests a lateralized. PNAS2007 Jun 19;104(25):10667-72.

Valente, D., Wang, H., Andrews, P., Saar, S., Tchernichovski, O., Golani,I., Mitra, PP (2007) Characterization of animal behavior through the use of audio and video signal processing. IEEE multimedia : signal processing in life sciences issue Oct. 2007 p.32-41.

Andrews, P., Saar, S., Wang, H., Valente, D., Serkhane, J., Tchernichovski, O., Golani, I., Mitra, PP (2006) Multimedia signal processing for behavioral quantification in Neuroscience. ACM Multimedia Conference 2006, OCT 2006, 1-10

Deregnaucourt S, Mitra PP, Feher O, Pytte C, Tchernichovski O (2005) How sleep affects the developmental learning of bird song. Nature, Vol. 433, No. 7027. (17 February 2005), pp. 710-716

Tchernichovski, O., Lints T., Deregnaucourt S., Mitra P.P. (2004). Analysis of the entire song development: Methods and Rationale. Ann NY Acad Sci. 1016: 348–363 special issue: Neurobiology of Birdsong, Eds. Ziegler Marler)

Deregnaucourt S., Mitra P.P., Lints, T., Tchernichovski, O. (2004). Song development: In Search for the error-signal. Ann NY Acad Sci 2004 1016: 364-376 Special issue: Neurobiology of Birdsong, Eds. Ziegler Marler)

Tchernichovski, O., Mitra, P.P. (2002) Towards quantification of vocal imitation in the zebra finch.Journal of Comparative Physiology A 188: 867-878

Tchernichovski, O., Mitra, P.P., Lints, T., Nottebohm, F. (2001) Dynamics of the vocal imitation process: how a zebra finch learns its song.Science, 291 (5513) 2564-2569.

Tchernichovski, O., Nottebohm, F., Ho, C.E., Bijan, P., Mitra, P.P. (2000). A procedure for an automated measurement of song similarity. Animal Behaviour 59, 1167-1176

Tchernichovski, O., Lints, T., Mitra, P.P., Nottebohm, F. (1999). Vocal imitation in zebra finches is inversely related to model abundance. PNAS Vol. 96, 12901-12904

Tchernichovski, O., Schwabl, H., Nottebohm, F. (1998) Context determines the sex appeal of male zebra finch song Animal Behaviour 55, 1003-1010.

Tchernichovski, O., Nottebohm, F. (1998) Social Inhibition of song imitation among sibling male zebra finches.PNAS Vol. 95, 8951-8956.

Tchernichovski, O., Benjamini, Y., Golani, I. (1998). The dynamics of long-term exploration in the rat. Part I: A phase-plane analysis of the relationship between location and velocity. Biological Cybernetics Vol. 78, 6, 423-432.

Tchernichovski, O., Benjamini, Y. (1998). The dynamics of long term exploration in the rat. part II: An analytical model of the kinematic structure of rat exploratory behavior. Biological Cybernetics. Vol. 78, 6, 433-440.

Golani, I., Einat, H., Tchernichovski, O., Teitelbaum, P. (1997) Keeping the body straight in the unconstrained locomotion of normal and dopamine stimulant treated rats.

Tchernichovski, O., Benjamini, Y., Golani, I. (1996) Constraints and the emergence of ‘Free’ exploratory behavior in rat ontogeny. Behaviour 133, 519-539.

Tchernichovski, O, Golani I., (1995). A phase plan representation of rat exploratory behavior Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 62, 21-27.