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Birdsong and human speech: common themes and mechanisms.
Human speech and birdsong have numerous parallels. Both humans and songbirds learn their complex vocalizations early in life, exhibiting a strong dependence on hearing the adults they will imitate,Expand
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Contributions of an avian basal ganglia–forebrain circuit to real-time modulation of song
Cortical–basal ganglia circuits have a critical role in motor control and motor learning. In songbirds, the anterior forebrain pathway (AFP) is a basal ganglia–forebrain circuit required for songExpand
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Spectral-Temporal Receptive Fields of Nonlinear Auditory Neurons Obtained Using Natural Sounds
The stimulus–response function of many visual and auditory neurons has been described by a spatial-temporal receptive field (STRF), a linear model that for mathematical reasons has until recentlyExpand
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Interruption of a basal ganglia–forebrain circuit prevents plasticity of learned vocalizations
Birdsong, like speech, is a learned vocal behaviour that relies greatly on hearing; in both songbirds and humans the removal of auditory feedback by deafening leads to a gradual deterioration ofExpand
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Song- and Order-Selective Neurons in the Songbird Anterior Forebrain and their Emergence during Vocal Development
  • A. Doupe
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Journal of Neuroscience
  • 1 February 1997
Auditory experience is critical for vocal learning in songbirds as in humans. Therefore, in a search for neural mechanisms for song learning and recognition, the auditory response properties ofExpand
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What songbirds teach us about learning
Bird fanciers have known for centuries that songbirds learn their songs. This learning has striking parallels to speech acquisition: like humans, birds must hear the sounds of adults during aExpand
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Feature analysis of natural sounds in the songbird auditory forebrain.
Although understanding the processing of natural sounds is an important goal in auditory neuroscience, relatively little is known about the neural coding of these sounds. Recently we demonstratedExpand
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Anterior Forebrain Neurons Develop Selectivity by an Intermediate Stage of Birdsong Learning
Auditory neurons of the anterior forebrain (AF) in adult zebra finches are highly selective for the bird’s own song (BOS): they respond more to BOS than to songs of other zebra finches (conspecifics)Expand
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Song-selective auditory circuits in the vocal control system of the zebra finch.
  • A. Doupe, M. Konishi
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 15 December 1991
Birdsong is a learned behavior controlled by a distinct set of brain nuclei. The song nuclei known as area X, the medial nucleus of the dorsolateral thalamus (DLM), and the lateral magnocellularExpand
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Social context modulates singing-related neural activity in the songbird forebrain
Birdsong is a complex vocal behavior learned during early life in a process similar to the learning of human speech. Like speech, singing is a social behavior—male songbirds often use it in courtshipExpand
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