What songbirds teach us about learning

  title={What songbirds teach us about learning},
  author={M. Brainard and A. Doupe},
  • M. Brainard, A. Doupe
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Bird fanciers have known for centuries that songbirds learn their songs. This learning has striking parallels to speech acquisition: like humans, birds must hear the sounds of adults during a sensitive period, and must hear their own voice while learning to vocalize. With the discovery and investigation of discrete brain structures required for singing, songbirds are now providing insights into neural mechanisms of learning. Aided by a wealth of behavioural observations and species diversity… CONTINUE READING
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