Mice lacking the cerebral cortex develop normal song: Insights into the foundations of vocal learning

@inproceedings{Hammerschmidt2015MiceLT,
  title={Mice lacking the cerebral cortex develop normal song: Insights into the foundations of vocal learning},
  author={Kurt Hammerschmidt and Gabriela Whelan and Gregor Eichele and Julia Fischer},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
  year={2015}
}
Mouse models play an increasingly important role in the identification and functional assessment of speech-associated genes, with a focus on genes involved in vocal production, and possibly vocal learning. Moreover, mice reportedly show direct projections from the cortex to brainstem vocal motor neurons, implying a degree of volitional control over vocal output. Yet, deaf mice did not reveal differences in call structures compared to their littermates, suggesting that auditory input is not a… CONTINUE READING