Leslie Phillmore


Email: Leslie.Phillmore@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-2794
Fax: (902) 494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University, Life Sciences Centre, Room 3338, 1355 Oxford Street, 6287 Alumni Crescent, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Songbirds
  • Perception
  • Neurogenesis
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Seasonality


PDF (University of Western Ontario)
MA/PhD (Queens University)
BA (Huron College, University of Western Ontario)

Research Interests

Songbirds have considerable “neural real estate” dedicated to the complex behaviours of song learning, perception, and production. We study perception and immediate-early gene response in perceptual regions, environmental factors that affect neurogenesis, and how stress affects song learning and brain development in male and female zebra finches.

Selected Publications

• Phillmore LS, Klein RM. (2019). The puzzle of spontaneous alternation and inhibition of return: How they might fit together. Hippocampus, 29, 762-770.
• Roach SP, Mennill DJ, Phillmore LS. (2017). Operant discrimination of relative frequency ratios in black-capped chickadee song. Animal Cognition. 20(5): 961-973.
•Phillmore LS, Fisk J, Falk S, Tsang CD. (2017). Songbirds as objective listeners: Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) can discriminate infant-directed song and speech in two languages. International Journal of Comparative Psychology Special Issue. 30
• Phillmore LS, MacGillivray HL, Wilson KR, Martin, S. (2015). Effects of sex and seasonality on the song control system and FoxP2 protein expression in black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). Dev Neurobiol, 75, 203-216.
•Phillmore LS, Veysey AS, Roach SP. (2011). Zenk expression in auditory region changes with breeding condition in male Black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). Behav Brain Res, 225, 464-472. [0]
•Phillmore LS. (2008). Discrimination: from behaviour to brain. Behav Process, 77, 285-297. [3]

Awards and Honours

Professor of the Year in Neuroscience (awarded by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Society)