A Tradeoff Between Performance and Accuracy in Bird Song Learning

@inproceedings{Lahti2011ATB,
  title={A Tradeoff Between Performance and Accuracy in Bird Song Learning},
  author={David C. Lahti and Dana Lynn Moseley and Jeffrey Podos},
  year={2011}
}
Some of nature’s most complex behaviors, such as human speech and oscine bird song, are acquired through imitative learning. Accurate imitative learning tends to preserve patterns of behavior across generations, thus limiting the scope of cultural evolution. Less well studied are the routes by which cultural novelties arise during development, beyond simple copy error. In this study we assess, in a species of songbird, the relationship in song learning between two potentially conflicting… CONTINUE READING

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