The Role of Auditory Experience in the Formation of Neural Circuits Underlying Vocal Learning in Zebra Finches

  title={The Role of Auditory Experience in the Formation of Neural Circuits Underlying Vocal Learning in Zebra Finches},
  author={Soumya Iyengar and Sarah W. Bottjer},
  journal={The Journal of Neuroscience},
  pages={946 - 958}
The initial establishment of topographic mapping within developing neural circuits is thought to be shaped by innate mechanisms and is primarily independent of experience. Additional refinement within topographic maps leads to precise matching between presynaptic and postsynaptic neurons and is thought to depend on experiential factors during specific sensitive periods in the animal's development. In male zebra finches, axonal projections of the cortical lateral magnocellular nucleus of the… 

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