Faces and voices:

how your brain deciphers identity and emotion

The human brain is specialized for processing the visual information in faces as well as for recognizing identity and emotion in others. Some people cannot recognize faces; others cannot recognize voices. What is known and what is not known about how what brain activity support these key components of how we interact with others?



Professor of Biological Sciences and Co-Director of the Doctoral Subcommittee in Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University

Darcy Kelley is the Harold Weintraub Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. Her laboratory studies vocal communication, focusing on molecular, neural, behavioral and evolutionary mechanisms that underlie voice: the vocal signature that conveys emotion and identity. She has identified sex-specific structures, neural circuits and interactive vocal behaviors using the underwater songs of African clawed frogs as an experimental model. Her laboratory has identified a diverse array of CNS and peripheral mechanisms responsible for producing the signature male courtship songs of different species. In 2002 Dr. Kelley was appointed to an HHMI Professorship to support educational innovation. In 2014, she became a Fellow of the International Society for Neuroethology. Dr. Kelley also has a long-standing interest in the portrayal of science in theater and films. She is a scientific consultant on plays and movies for the Sloan Foundation and has participated in the Sundance, New York, Hamptons, Imagine and Tribeca Film Festivals. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Wenner Gren Foundation and the American Association for Colleges and Universities as well as science advisor to the University of the People and to the InSpark science network.


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