The Nowicki Lab at Duke University



The Nowicki Lab News
Media Reports on Lab Activities
8-8-23: Wild Voices: In Tune with the Animal Kingdom – So Curious! podcast – The Franklin Institute
2-2-22: The song sparrow might be nature's best DJ – NPR
1-26-22: Birds shuffle and repeat their tunes to keep the audience listening – Duke Today
5-6-21: Why birds sing loudly in the morning – UNC-TV
8-22-20: Songbirds sing so loudly at dawn because they're warming up – CNN
8-18-20: Songbirds, like people, sing better after warming up – Duke Today
1-31-20: A shaky song reveals an old sparrow's age to younger competition – National Audubon Society
1-24-20: Sounds of Senescence – by Sam Illingworth at The Poetry of Science
1-17-20: Male sparrows are less intimidated by the songs of aging rivals – Duke Today
5-29-19: Birds perceive warm colors differently from cool ones – Duke Today
1-25-19: Male birds' sexy songs may not advertise their brains after all – Science News
8-21-18: The curious canon of swamp sparrow songs – BYU Radio: Top of Mind
8-2-18: A bird's eye view: Songbirds perceive colour like humans – BBC News
8-1-18: How discerning zebra finches discern colour – Nature Podcast (full episode)
8-1-18: Birds perceive colours in categories – Nature (News & Views)
6-29-18: 'My door is always open': Steve Nowicki steps away from administrative role – Duke Chronicle
6-20-18: Bird's song staying power implies culture (60 second podcast) – Scientific American
6-20-18: This swamp sparrow’s song is more than 1500 years old – Science
6-20-18: Birds have time-honored traditions, too – Science Daily
6-20-18: This bird has been singing the same song for 1,000 years – National Geographic
6-7-18: Project on color vision of shrimp helps biology students see data science in new light – Duke
1-10-18: Steve Nowicki looks back at a decade of change – Duke Today
8-10-15: Politicians with deep voices rouse 'caveman instincts' in voters – International Business Times
8-7-15: 'Caveman instincts' may favor deep-voiced politicians – Science Daily
1-12-15: Sparrows Don't Just Sing Same Old Song – NY Times
1-13-15: Swamp sparrows hear bird songs in a similar tune to humans – Wildlife Society
1-5-15: Humans, Sparrows Make Sense of Sounds in Similar Ways – Duke Today
5-29-14: Women Get Punished More Than Men for a Common Speech Mannerism – NY Magazine
5-29-14: Vocal Fry May Hurt Women's Job Prospects – The Atlantic
5-9-14: Irene Liu wins student mentoring award – Duke Today main article
2-18-14: Does tone speak louder than words? – Duke Today
2-14-14: Is finding love online easier if you're rich? –
5-22-13: Bird playlists communicate intelligence to mates – WIRED.CO.UK
5-21-13: Bird's Playlist Could Signal Mental Strengths and Weaknesses – Duke Today
2-4-13: Angry Birds? "Shy" Sparrows Show Aggression With Wings – National Geographic
2-3-13: Duke's Steve Nowicki finds out what songbirds have to say – News & Observer
1-28-13: Real Angry Birds Flip 'The Bird' Before A Fight – Duke Today
1-15-13: Low Pitch – WUNC "The State of Things" interview w/Rindy & Casey
12-14-12: Deeper Voice Still Wins – Duke Research Blog
12-13-12: Deeper-Voiced Women Have Election Advantage – Scientific American podcast
6-28-12: Songbirds Prefer HiFi Recordings – News & Observer
6-24-12: Swamp Sparrows Learn the Songs They Hear Best – ABA blog
6-19-12: Noisy Environment Makes Young Songbirds Shuffle Their Tunes – Duke Today
6-19-12: Noisy Environment Makes Young Songbirds Shuffle Their Tunes – ScienceDaily
3-13-12: Voters Prefer Candidates With a Deeper Voice – BBC
3-13-12: Voters Favor Deep-Voiced Politicians – Duke Today
3-4-12: Bird-Brained – Duke Magazine
1-18-08: Mirror Neurons May Help Songbirds Stay in Tune – Science Magazine
11-10-06: An Honest and Deceitful Review – Science Magazine [book review]
6-14-06: Discriminating Customers, Honest Salesmen – Trends in Ecology & Evolution
3-22-04: The Music of Wild Birds (mp3) – NPR "All Things Considered"
1-31-03: Singing in the Brain – Science Magazine
12-1-02: Female Song Sparrows Prefer Males That Learn Well – Bioscience
9-21-02: Interview with Susan Peters – CBC "Quirks and Quarks"


Nowicki Lab
Department of Biology
Box 90338, Duke University
Durham, NC  27708-0338  USA
Lab phone: 919-684-6950