A telencephalic nucleus essential for song learning contains neurons with physiological characteristics of both striatum and globus pallidus.


The song system of oscine birds has frequently been presented as a model system for motor learning in vertebrates. This practice has been bolstered by the growing recognition that one part of the song system that is essential for song learning, area X, is a component of the avian striatum. The mammalian striatum, the input structure of the basal ganglia… (More)

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