Neurophysiology of birdsong learning

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Oscine songbirds use auditory feedback to learn and, in some species, to maintain their courtship songs. Song learning is restricted to a juvenile sensitive period characterized by a remarkable capacity for memorization and subsequent accurate imitation of tutor songs. The songbird’s brain contains a constellation of interconnected brain nuclei, known as the song system, which plays an important role in singing and song learning. This chapter covers our current understanding of the ecological function of song, the peripheral and central mechanisms of song production and the neural mechanisms of song learning.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mooney, R; Prather, J; Roberts, T

Published Date

  • January 1, 2007

Book Title

  • Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference

Start / End Page

  • 441 - 474

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780123705099

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/B978-012370509-9.00116-9

Citation Source

  • Scopus