Behavioural neuroscience: Neurons of imitation

  title={Behavioural neuroscience: Neurons of imitation},
  author={O. Tchernichovski and J. Wallman},
In songbirds, a class of neurons shows a striking similarity in activity when the bird sings and when it hears a similar song. This mirroring neuronal activity could contribute to imitation. 
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