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Age and experience affect the recruitment of new neurons to the song system of zebra finches during the sensitive period for song learning: ditto for vocal learning in humans?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15251918     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Vocal learning in songbirds and humans is a complex learned skill with sensory, motor, and social aspects. It culminates in the imitation of sounds produced by other, usually older individuals. Song learning and language learning may differ in their cognitive content, but both require coordination of auditory feedback and fine motor control, which may be supported by similar brain structures. Vocal learning in birds as in humans requires the use of forebrain networks; in songbirds these networks are thought to be related, in part, to the frontal association cortex-basal ganglia loops that mature in humans at adolescence.
Linda Wilbrecht; Fernando Nottebohm
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences     Volume:  1021     ISSN:  0077-8923     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.     Publication Date:  2004 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-14     Completed Date:  2004-08-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506858     Medline TA:  Ann N Y Acad Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  404-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Rockefeller Field Research Center, Millbrook, NY 12545, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / physiology*
Animal Communication*
Functional Laterality / physiology
Learning / physiology*
Neural Networks (Computer)
Neuronal Plasticity / physiology*
Neurons / physiology*
Prosencephalon / cytology,  physiology
Time Factors
Vocalization, Animal / physiology*

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