Acoustic parameters underlying the responses of song-specific neurons in the white-crowned sparrow

@inproceedings{Margoliash1983AcousticPU,
  title={Acoustic parameters underlying the responses of song-specific neurons in the white-crowned sparrow},
  author={Daniel J. Margoliash},
  booktitle={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={1983}
}
  • D. Margoliash
  • Published in
    The Journal of neuroscience…
    1 May 1983
  • Biology
Songbirds such as the white-crowned sparrow memorize the song of conspecific adults during a critical period early in life and later in life develop song by utilizing auditory feedback. Neurons in one of the telencephalic nuclei controlling song have recently been shown to respond to acoustic stimuli. I investigated the auditory response properties of units in this nucleus using a technique that permitted great flexibility in manipulating complex stimuli such as song. A few of the units… 
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  • Biology, Psychology
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