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The “Domestication Syndrome” in Mammals: A Unified Explanation Based on Neural Crest Cell Behavior and Genetics
It is proposed that the domestication syndrome results predominantly from mild neural crest cell deficits during embryonic development, which can be readily explained as direct consequences of such deficiencies, while other traits are explicable as indirect consequences.
Sonification Report: Status of the Field and Research Agenda Prepared for the National Science Foundation by members of the International Community for Auditory Display
The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of sonification research, including the current status of the field and a proposed research agenda. This paper was prepared by an interdisciplinary
Birds have primate-like numbers of neurons in the forebrain
It is shown that the brains of parrots and songbirds contain on average twice as many neurons as primate brains of the same mass, indicating that avian brains have higher neuron packing densities than mammalian brains.
Rhythmic cognition in humans and animals: distinguishing meter and pulse perception
  • W. Fitch
  • Biology, Psychology
    Front. Syst. Neurosci.
  • 31 October 2013
A cognitive and comparative perspective on human rhythmic cognition that emphasizes a key distinction between pulse perception and meter perception is outlined, arguing that metrically-structured rhythms are required to either perform or move appropriately to music.
Empirical approaches to the study of language evolution
  • W. Fitch
  • Psychology, Biology
    Psychonomic bulletin & review
  • 1 February 2017
This special issue provides a concise overview of current models of language evolution, emphasizing the testable predictions that they make, along with overviews of the many sources of data available to test them, and concludes with my own multistage model of how different components of language could have evolved.
Hierarchical processing in music, language, and action: Lashley revisited
  • W. Fitch, M. Martins
  • Biology, Psychology
    Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • 1 May 2014
Although the precise computational function of the lateral prefrontal regions in action syntax remains debated, Lashley's notion—that this cortical region implements a working‐memory buffer or stack scannable by posterior and subcortical brain regions—is consistent with considerable experimental data.
Primate laterality and the biology and evolution of human handedness: a review and synthesis
It is concluded that the robust, species‐wide lateralization that exists in humans is unusual, and perhaps unique among primates, and several possible evolutionary explanations for this strong asymmetry are discussed.