Auditory responses in avian vocal motor neurons: a motor theory for song perception in birds.

@article{Williams1985AuditoryRI,
  title={Auditory responses in avian vocal motor neurons: a motor theory for song perception in birds.},
  author={Heather Williams and Fernando Nottebohm},
  journal={Science},
  year={1985},
  volume={229 4710},
  pages={279-82}
}
The hypoglossal motor neurons that innervate the vocal organ (syrinx) of the male zebra finch show a selective, long-latency (50-millisecond) response to sound. This response is eliminated by lesions to forebrain song-control nuclei. Different song syllables elicit a response from different syringeal motor neurons. Conspecific vocalizations may therefore be perceived as members of a set of vocal gestures and thus distinct from other environmental sounds. This hypothesis is an avian parallel to… CONTINUE READING

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