Social context-dependent singing-regulated dopamine.

@article{Sasaki2006SocialCS,
  title={Social context-dependent singing-regulated dopamine.},
  author={Aya Sasaki and Tatyana D. Sotnikova and Raul R Gainetdinov and Erich D. Jarvis},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2006},
  volume={26 35},
  pages={9010-4}
}
Like the mammalian striatum, the songbird striatum receives dense dopaminergic input from the midbrain ventral tegmental area-substantia nigra pars compacta complex. The songbird striatum also contains a unique vocal nucleus, Area X, which has been implicated in song learning and social context-dependent song production. Area X shows increased neural firing and activity-dependent gene expression when birds sing, and the level of activation is higher and more variable during undirected singing… CONTINUE READING
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