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‘Baby talk’ can help songbirds learn their tunes

Tue, 2016-05-31 12:08

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The research has implications for understanding human developmental disorders such as autism

Adult songbirds modify their vocalizations when singing to juveniles in the same way that humans alter their speech when talking to babies. The resulting brain activity in young birds could shed light on speech learning and certain developmental disorders in humans, according to a study by McGill University researchers.

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What songbirds tell us about how we learn

McGill researcher pinpoints an important role of the basal ganglia in vocal learning across species
Tue, 2014-04-08 10:43

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