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3/22/2011
What Songbirds Can Teach Us About Learning and the Brain - 2011 Mind/Brain Lecture

Allison Doupe, M.D., Ph.D., explores parallels to human speech development at April 11 lecture at Stony Brook- free and open to the public


STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 22, 2011 Just as human babies learn to speak by listening to adults and then hearing their own attempts at speech, so young songbirds learn their distinctive melodies by hearing and then vocalizing the songs of adult birds. Songbirds provide one of the few animal models for the amazing process by which humans learn to speak, and researchers are using them as models for studying both the social cues and biological processes involved. Songbirds also possess networks of brain regions required for song learning, which have many similarities to mammalian brains.


See the complete 2011 Mind/Brain Lecture Overview at this page: http://www.theswartzfoundation.org/mind-brain-2011.asp


View the complete press release on the Stony Brook University web site.

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