Contributions of rapid neuromuscular transmission to the fine control of acoustic parameters of birdsong.

@article{Mencio2017ContributionsOR,
  title={Contributions of rapid neuromuscular transmission to the fine control of acoustic parameters of birdsong.},
  author={Caitlin P Mencio and Balagurunathan Kuberan and Franz Goller},
  journal={Journal of neurophysiology},
  year={2017},
  volume={117 2},
  pages={637-645}
}
Neural control of complex vocal behaviors, such as birdsong and speech, requires integration of biomechanical nonlinearities through muscular output. Although control of airflow and tension of vibrating tissues are known functions of vocal muscles, it remains unclear how specific muscle characteristics contribute to specific acoustic parameters. To address this gap, we removed heparan sulfate chains using heparitinases to perturb neuromuscular transmission subtly in the syrinx of adult male… CONTINUE READING