Auditory–vocal mirroring in songbirds

@article{Mooney2014AuditoryvocalMI,
  title={Auditory–vocal mirroring in songbirds},
  author={Richard Mooney},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2014},
  volume={369}
}
  • R. Mooney
  • Published 5 June 2014
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Mirror neurons are theorized to serve as a neural substrate for spoken language in humans, but the existence and functions of auditory–vocal mirror neurons in the human brain remain largely matters of speculation. Songbirds resemble humans in their capacity for vocal learning and depend on their learned songs to facilitate courtship and individual recognition. Recent neurophysiological studies have detected putative auditory–vocal mirror neurons in a sensorimotor region of the songbird's brain… 
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