A role for descending auditory cortical projections in songbird vocal learning

@inproceedings{MandelblatCerf2014ARF,
  title={A role for descending auditory cortical projections in songbird vocal learning},
  author={Yael Mandelblat-Cerf and Liora Las and Natalia Denisenko and Michale S. Fee},
  booktitle={eLife},
  year={2014}
}
Many learned motor behaviors are acquired by comparing ongoing behavior with an internal representation of correct performance, rather than using an explicit external reward. For example, juvenile songbirds learn to sing by comparing their song with the memory of a tutor song. At present, the brain regions subserving song evaluation are not known. In this study, we report several findings suggesting that song evaluation involves an avian 'cortical' area previously shown to project to the… CONTINUE READING
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