The Song Must Go On: Resilience of the Songbird Vocal Motor Pathway

  title={The Song Must Go On: Resilience of the Songbird Vocal Motor Pathway},
  author={Barish Poole and Jeffrey E. Markowitz and Timothy J. Gardner},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Stereotyped sequences of neural activity underlie learned vocal behavior in songbirds; principle neurons in the cortical motor nucleus HVC fire in stereotyped sequences with millisecond precision across multiple renditions of a song. The geometry of neural connections underlying these sequences is not known in detail though feed-forward chains are commonly assumed in theoretical models of sequential neural activity. In songbirds, a well-defined cortical-thalamic motor circuit exists but little… CONTINUE READING
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