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A Humanized Version of Foxp2 Affects Cortico-Basal Ganglia Circuits in Mice
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In the striatum, a part of the basal ganglia affected in humans with a speech deficit due to a nonfunctional FOXP2 allele, it is found that medium spiny neurons have increased dendrite lengths and increased synaptic plasticity, suggesting that alterations in cortico-basal ganglia circuits might have been important for the evolution of speech and language in humans.
Reduced social interaction and ultrasonic communication in a mouse model of monogenic heritable autism
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It is reported that mice with a loss-of-function mutation in the murine NLGN4 ortholog Nlgn4, which encodes the synaptic cell adhesion protein Neuroligin-4, exhibit highly selective deficits in reciprocal social interactions and communication that are reminiscent of ASCs in humans.
Use of statistical programs for nonparametric tests of small samples often leads to incorrectPvalues: examples fromAnimal Behaviour
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The authors examined the results of nonparametric tests with small sample sizes published in a recent issue of Animal Behaviour and found that in more than half of the articles concerned, the asymptotic variant had apparently been inappropriately used and incorrect P values had been presented.
Word Learning in a Domestic Dog: Evidence for "Fast Mapping"
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Evidence that a border collie, Rico, is able to fast map is provided, showing that he inferred the names of novel items by exclusion learning and correctly retrieved those items right away as well as 4 weeks after the initial exposure.
Neuroligin‐3‐deficient mice: model of a monogenic heritable form of autism with an olfactory deficit
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The findings show that the NL‐3 knockout mouse represents a useful animal model for understanding pathophysiological events in monogenic heritable ASD and for developing novel treatment strategies in this devastating human disorder.
Baboon loud calls advertise male quality: acoustic features and their relation to rank, age, and exhaustion
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It is reported that acoustic features of wahoos also reveal information about male competitive ability, and variation in these acoustic features may function as an indicator of a male’s stamina.
THE “ACOUSTIC ADAPTATION HYPOTHESIS”—A REVIEW OF THE EVIDENCE FROM BIRDS, ANURANS AND MAMMALS
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Overall, evidence for the acoustic adaptation hypothesis was not as widespread as expected across taxa, and environment-related adjustments in structure of vocal signals seem to be constrained by call function in anurans and mammals.
Functionally referential signals: A promising paradigm whose time has passed
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It is argued that the concept of functional reference has outlived its usefulness and become a red herring in the pursuit of the links between primate communication and human language.
The central importance of information in studies of animal communication
The concept of information plays a central role in studies of animal communication. Animals’ responses to the calls of different individuals, to food calls, alarm calls, and to signals that predict
Factors Affecting Reproduction and Mortality Among Baboons in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
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There were strong seasonal effects on birth and mortality, with the majority of conceptions occurring during the period of highest rainfall, and there were few rank-related differences in estimated female lifetime reproductive success.
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