A Distributed Recurrent Network Contributes to Temporally Precise Vocalizations.


Journal Article

How do forebrain and brainstem circuits interact to produce temporally precise and reproducible behaviors? Birdsong is an elaborate, temporally precise, and stereotyped vocal behavior controlled by a network of forebrain and brainstem nuclei. An influential idea is that song premotor neurons in a forebrain nucleus (HVC) form a synaptic chain that dictates song timing in a top-down manner. Here we combine physiological, dynamical, and computational methods to show that song timing is not generated solely by a mechanism localized to HVC but instead is the product of a distributed and recurrent synaptic network spanning the forebrain and brainstem, of which HVC is a component.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hamaguchi, K; Tanaka, M; Mooney, R

Published Date

  • August 3, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 91 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 680 - 693

PubMed ID

  • 27397518

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27397518

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4199

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.neuron.2016.06.019


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States