Role of auditory feedback in canary song development.

  title={Role of auditory feedback in canary song development.},
  author={Peter Marler and M S Waser},
  journal={Journal of comparative and physiological psychology},
  volume={91 1},
As in other songbirds, early deafening had drastic effects on the song of the roller canary, a cardueline finch, resulting in a song that was much simpler and more variable than the normal. The repertoire of the syllable types, of which the song is made, was reduced from 30 to a mean of 5.0. Loud white noise was successfully used as a reversible method of cutting off auditory feedback from vocal behavior. Although suffering permanent elevation of hearing thresholds, birds reared in noise to 200… CONTINUE READING


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