Social context modulates singing-related neural activity in the songbird forebrain

@article{Hessler1999SocialCM,
  title={Social context modulates singing-related neural activity in the songbird forebrain},
  author={N. Hessler and A. Doupe},
  journal={Nature Neuroscience},
  year={1999},
  volume={2},
  pages={209-211}
}
  • N. Hessler, A. Doupe
  • Published 1999
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Nature Neuroscience
  • Birdsong is a complex vocal behavior learned during early life in a process similar to the learning of human speech. Like speech, singing is a social behavior—male songbirds often use it in courtship or in territorial defense. Here we show that, in the adult zebra finch, the pattern of singing-related neural activity in several high-level brain areas specialized for song learning is dependent on whether a bird sings by itself or to another bird; thus, this activity can indicate not only that a… CONTINUE READING
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