Zebra finches exhibit speaker-independent phonetic perception of human speech

@article{Ohms2009ZebraFE,
  title={Zebra finches exhibit speaker-independent phonetic perception of human speech},
  author={V. Ohms and A. Gill and Caroline A A van Heijningen and G. Beckers and C. Ten Cate},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={277},
  pages={1003 - 1009}
}
  • V. Ohms, A. Gill, +2 authors C. Ten Cate
  • Published 2009
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Humans readily distinguish spoken words that closely resemble each other in acoustic structure, irrespective of audible differences between individual voices or sex of the speakers. There is an ongoing debate about whether the ability to form phonetic categories that underlie such distinctions indicates the presence of uniquely evolved, speech-linked perceptual abilities, or is based on more general ones shared with other species. We demonstrate that zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) can… Expand
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