In this work we report experimental measurements of pressure patterns used in canary song. We find that these patterns are qualitatively similar to the subharmonic solutions of a simple dynamical system. This is built to account for the activities of subpopulations of neurons arranged in a simple architecture compatible with anatomical observations. The consequences of Hebbian plasticity in the coupling between the driving and the driven systems are outlined.
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Arneodo, E.M., Alonso, L.M., Alliende, J.A. et al. The dynamical origin of physiological instructions used in birdsong production. Pramana - J Phys 70, 1077–1085 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12043-008-0112-2